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ince late October, BC SPCA cruelty investigators have removed 49 horses from distress at properties throughout the province. Many of the horses seized were badly neglected and/or starving; some were shockingly malnourished. The BC SPCA currently has 14 horses available for adoption in the Thompson Okanagan area. Nancy Roman has donated space in Saddle “GINGER” - approximately 5 years old, 14.2HH Up to assist us in re-homing these “SPICE” - 10 years old and approximately 14.2HH. and pregnant (due in April). She loves people She loves people and is easy to catch, lead, load horses (thank you Nancy). I would and is easy to halter, lead and load in a trailer, and handle, stood nicely for the farrier. We suspect also like to thank Cathie and Jackie good for the farrier. She accepted a saddle she is broke as well but have not tried her as she is and bridle with no problem, so we suspect she Cross for assisting in their training also pregnant (due in April). was started under saddle. and after care, they have done an incredible job gaining the trust of The BC SPCA relies greatly on volunteers and donations these beautiful animals to make them more adoptable! Thank such as these... thank you from a very grateful group of horses you to Dr. Britt Mills for your ongoing commitment to the welland the SPCA! being of the horses, and Ester Gerlof for volunteering your time For more specific information on adoptable horses check out to assist with training. Hats off to Naomi McGeachy of Sweet Iron Photography for providing the photos, great job Naomi! For Adoption Information please contact Constable Dan And to Candice Camille Photography for her shots of Ginger and Chapman Spice.


Vaccinated, de-wormed, trimmed, Vet checked. Awesome thing about adopting a horse from the SPCA is full disclosure of behaviour and health! Adoption fee is by donation (although we suggest a min of $200) and goes to recover some of the costs of their care. To experienced homes only. We require people to fi ll out our adoption contract and a brief inspection, by SPCA staff, of where the horse will be housed (to ensure adequate and safe shelter/fencing and water source) or a Vet reference who has attended the location. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • 3

From the Editor…


Features BC SPCA - Up For Adoption How the Mind is Affected - Part 3 Equine Rescue in Mexico Priorities, Priorities Gaited Horses BC Seniors Games Training with Dana Hokana Quarter Horse Racing How to Separate Wheat from Chaff Trail Warrior Annual Fashion Feature

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pril already? I cannot believe how the months are passing so quickly. It is almost Spring-like in my neck of the woods, but so many other areas still have winter. You gotta love the Okanagan! (I sure do) Although I am a little envious of the Canadian ‘Arizona bound’ winterites. Activities and events for the ‘Year of the Horse’ 2014 have started… in March we had the Horse Council BC Equine Education Summit in Richmond, the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, then the Horseman’s Bazaar & Country Fair in Langley. Reports on all are in this issue. I wish there was more time in each day (or month) to be able to take in all the horse events and activities… there is so much that I would like to do… ride more (priority!), and volunteer when I can. And I do enjoy volunteering. Did I mention clubs only survive through their volunteers? We have our annual Fashion Feature in this issue – hope you enjoy! Our next article and ad deadline is April 15th for the May issue. As we are prepping to go to The Mane Event in Red Deer (April 25-27); please try to get everything in on time – would sure appreciate it! Makes my life easier… and maybe I could get in an extra ride or two!

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Dear Editor… Dear Editor: have a question for Steve Rother based on his article in the February 2014 Saddle Up Magazine. Dear Mr. Rother: I was wondering if your horses are allowed to be happy or do they have to work, work, work and move, move, move, as you put it, if they don’t do as they are told? In my opinion, you forgot to offer the “simple” option for Brownie; the one based on how horses think and see the world, not based on the way humans think. The simple option is to be the leader your horse needs. All horses need a good leader, no exceptions, and they willingly follow that leader everywhere they go (in the trailer, away from the barn and buddies, into a new arena, etc.). If Brownie felt safe and happy with his rider/leader, he wouldn’t want to make a break for it and run back to the barn. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter to you. - Best regards, Angelica Sro, Cochrane AB


Saddle Up forwarded Angelica’s letter to Mr. Rother, and following is his response.

Dear Angelica: hank you for the letter. You are absolutely right, leadership is key. This 3 part article (best if all 3 are read) is meant to be a demonstration focusing on concept. I am giving riders the tools needed in a situation when the horse is NOT looking to the rider for leadership. We exaggerate to teach, and then refine from there. There are many parts to my program (a partnership is a balance of many things), one of them is work, which gives the horse purpose. It also allows for the comparison of comfort and discomfort, in order for horse and rider to make decisions. A horse will always seek the area of zero pressure (or comfort), but sometimes this needs to be “created” by working on exercises. Very rarely does a horse feel safe and happy just because the owner (or nice predator) is standing next to them. Every day I hear about awful wrecks happening out on the trail and in the arena. Most of these horse owners are Mothers with families to take care of. They come to my clinics to learn how to become a better leader and learn the exercises that will help enable their horse to think, rather than react, in a panic situation. Work may not seem fun to you, but there are many rewards and benefits that come with the proper type of work (and many horses, and people, actually enjoy their job). For the horse and the rider, work gives purpose, and with this purpose can come an amazing partnership. - Steve Rother (P.S. See Part 3 in this issue on pages 8-9)


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How the Mind is Affected By the Feet, Part 3 By Steve Rother THE LINE BETWEEN BUILDING A PARTNERSHIP AND LOSING A FRIEND


t is early Saturday morning; you have been waiting all week to ride, so you are on your way out to the barn to see your good friend, Brownie. Today, you are going to one of your favourite trail riding locations, but in the back of your mind you are a bit hesitant. You are just hoping and praying that Brownie has come to like the place as much as you do. On your last trip up that trail, he wasn’t too excited; in fact, he wasn’t impressed at all and only wanted to be back home at the barn. As you look into the paddock, you see your good friend come loping over to greet you. Wow, it seems things are off to a great start, after all! You slowly enter, put his halter on - and then it happens! You feel the “joy” of your 1200-hundred-pound friend standing on your foot as he makes an attempt to squeak past you, on the way to the gate. At first you feel shocked, then threatened, until finally you start to feel your confidence sliding. You ask yourself,

“Maybe Brownie wasn’t so happy to see me” or “Maybe he just forgot about me for a brief moment” or “Perhaps he is just in a hurry to start his trail ride.” Either way, it feels as if you are losing control of the situation before it even begins. At this point, it is time to make some very important decisions about the relationship between yourself and your horse - you have to learn to draw an appropriate line between the two of you. If this line is drawn carefully, it can set you up for success in the long run. However, if this line is poorly drawn, it can mean the difference between building a partnership and losing a friend.

The Partnership When trying to develop a better partnership between you and your horse, I would like you to be aware of two extremes. One extreme is the place where there is absolutely no wrong for your horse. Everything is roses, carrots, and belly rubs. If you ask your horse to do something, there is always some form of verbal or bribed coercion involved. This place seems great as how could any horse not love this one? I am sure that we would all like this place - at first. The other extreme is the place where everything is forced and made to happen. Once again coercion steps into the picture, but this time it is in the form of whips, stud chains, six “helpers” and passive-aggressive behaviour. I want you to notice in these two examples that there is one word in common for both of them… the word coercion. You might ask, “How could this be?” One form seems so nice, while the other so harsh. Many people may condone one of these behaviours around their horse, but never condone the other. However, since we are dealing with a horse - NOT a human - we should look much closer at them.

Coercion Take two horses that are loaded into two separate trailers, one with a bucket of grain, and the other with butt ropes. Both horses may eventually load, but in the process of getting in, did they learn anything about the dark steel cage? Or were they distracted? One horse by the grain, and the other by the butt rope (and six people)? Both horses have an equal chance of panicking once the door is shut and the wheels are set in motion. Although one method may have seemed much kinder, the mental, emotional, and physical stability of the horse are still at risk, due to the coercion factor. 8 • Saddle Up • April 2014


How the Mind, cont’d So why is coercion such a negative thing in the long run? Typically, coercion lacks some very important things that are necessary to the development of a good relationship between you and your horse. Some of these are: Leadership, Education, and Partnership. I encourage you to find the middle ground between these two extremes. Find the place where you can be kind, but not taken advantage of; firm, but not feared; and fun, but still taken seriously. For a lot of students in my clinics, this means stepping it up a little and for others, taking it back just a notch. The next time you are at the gate with your horse and there is a question mark in your mind as to where the day might be heading, step up to the plate and be the leader that your horse is looking for. Let him know that sneaking past you (to the gate or his buddies) is not the way to go. Get him to look to you for leadership and support, so that he wants the partnership that you have to offer.




The answers are once again in the feet. Horses are prey animals and when scared they move their feet first and ask questions later. So move their feet forwards, backwards, left and right. The feet affect the mind. When the feet are centered, the mind will be centered. Find that partnership that you have been looking for your horse will thank you. Until next time - ride for fun! (See you at The Mane Event in Red Deer) Steve Rother is an internationally-acclaimed clinician and two-time winner of The Mane Event’s Trainers Challenge colt-starting competition. Known as The Horseteacher, Steve is dedicated to all horse people who strive to teach their horses by educating themselves. He is not limited to specific disciplines, but the development of a willing partnership between horse and rider. Steve conducts horsemanship clinics throughout the USA and Canada, as well as camps (from 5 days to 21 days) at his ranch, The School of Horse, in northeast Washington. His Excel with Horses club allows students to come together to achieve their horsemanship dreams through a levels program. His seven DVDs include a just-released Liberty DVD. For more information, please visit Horseteacher. com or Rother Horsemanship on Facebook.


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Equine Rescue Centre in Mexico By Carol Ross While on a winter holiday in La Penita, Mexico, I literally stumbled upon the “Hilltop Refugio” while out for a morning walk in the hills above the town. I spent an hour talking with George Leavitt about his project which began in 2012.

Peso and other horses discovered by George in 2012.

yard wearing some form of helmet and held securely in place by two people. Others helped with preparing the hot dog lunches, fitting helmets or lifting the children into and out of the saddles. According to George, most of these children had never been taken on a field trip or touched a horse before that day. You can well imagine

Peso, a year later. I’m partial to greys!


n a nutshell, he, along with his wife Loretta and his friend Donna, have a dream to provide a safe haven for some of the area’s neglected or abused horses. A vivid description can be found by going to, clicking on “community” and scrolling to J.E.E.P. I decided that I could spend some time up there for the next month grooming and doing some groundwork with the six horses that he currently had in his care. Each time I walked the half hour to the refugio, I would meet other volunteers from western Canada as well as the north western USA who either own homes in the area or spend their winters down there. Many are not horsey people at all, but had been inspired by George’s hard work and ultimate goal of training the horses and a few local teenagers to provide equine assisted therapy to the special needs children of the surrounding communities. This part of the program is in its infancy, but I was able to participate in the first activity day for these children. Three busloads of children, as well as parents and over 30 volunteers showed up that day. The children ranged in age from 4-16, and each and every one had an opportunity to be led around the

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A happy child’s first ride.

the excitement and enthusiasm generated by these children. A day to remember and hopefully to be repeated. J.E.E.P. has a Board of Directors, many of whom are North Americans, who are working hard to Open air stalls and one of the rescued fundraise for a roof on horses, a year later, looking very healthy. the tack room which is currently covered by a tarp and for a fenced area for riding and exercising the horses. This area is either farmland or jungle, so feed also has to be purchased from a town over 50 km away. Horses, especially those in need, seem to bring people together. The old adage “the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person” seems to fit this project perfectly. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Priorities, Priorities! By Christa Miremadi Photos by Aynsley Cairns

In the previous issue, I began my round pen series by addressing what I use a round pen for - as a place for expression, communication and progression; a place for relationships to grow and learning to occur.


n this issue, I will get into the details of how this can be done.

As the round pen grew in popularity, so did the list of ways to use it. For some trainers, the round pen was a safe place to allow a horse to react however they were going to react without getting caught in a corner; for others, it was a place to scare the living daylights out of a horse; and for others still, it became a place to explore possibilities, experiment and grow. As in all things in life, there are positive and destructive ways to use any tool. As I said last month, it is not my intention to “sell you my program,” only to share my thoughts and observations. Keeping in mind that the round pen is a place for freedom of speech, exercise/ conditioning and communication/training, it’s important to remember one of the most powerful principles of teaching a horse anything: dependable consistency. The rules we set up are actually less important to our horse than our ability to remain consistent. It is through consistency that our horses can learn to understand our expectations. If our rules change or shift, it’ll not only frustrate the horse but also make learning our expectations impossible. Without remaining dependably consistent (at all times), we’ll be unsuccessful at developing

a sense of security, confidence or a thinking state of mind - all things leading to trust and things that have become very important to me. As long as I remain consistent, a conversation can take place. Developing an ability to use the round pen as a space to share information requires establishing a foundation. So many people begin the very first session with a horse by pushing, chasing or driving the horse around the pen, often trying to imitate what they saw a horse trainer do in a DVD or clinic, essentially (and unintentionally) sharing the message with the horse that they’re very powerful, dominant and not interested in feedback (not necessarily what the trainer was doing). Unfortunately, these methods do achieve results. Because they achieve results, people continue to use them, despite the traumatizing effect they can have on the horses involved. I’ve had the honour of rehabilitating a number of horses who’ve been worked with in this way and whether I’m rehabilitating a traumatized horse or starting a colt, we always start from the same place and work through the same four foundational priorities before progress can be made:

1. Establish boundaries This may take seconds or (in the case of one badly-abused ex-race horse I once worked with) it could take months! Having been tied to a wall and beaten with a whip, “Donny” had

Jasper exercising his right to freedom of speech as we discuss boundaries and maintaining a direction.

Jasper finding a soft jog on the rail and being given an opportunity to soak up some learning.

essentially had his flight response removed. He’d been put in a position in which he had only two of his four natural choices left to him. Naturally, a horse can chose flight, fight, accept or ignore. Due to the inability to relieve the pressure by leaving (thanks to being tied to a wall), Donny had been taught that flight or acceptance were not options. This left only

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Priorities, cont’d ignore or fight back. When asked to move away from his handler, Donny would shut down. If the pressure escalated to a level that Donny perceived as a threat, he’d fight back, teeth bared, and striking. It took a lot of patience and dedication to help Donny learn that it wasn’t only okay to move away but actually desirable! Once he learned that he wouldn’t be held in place for a beating and the ability to establish boundaries was created, Donny could (and would) leave the centre of the pen to travel around the rail. All four of Donnie’s natural choices were restored. This ability to use all four of his natural choices made conversations possible again and put us in a position to be able to begin to explore the second foundational priority.

2. Maintaining direction Most of you are probably aware of how it’s believed that a horse’s brain works. For those of you who aren’t, I’ll keep this short. Due to the nature of the horse as a prey animal, whose eyes are on the side of his head and work in a “scanning the horizon� kind of way, the horse is gifted with the ability to view two different pictures at once. That means he can watch for predators on both sides. I like to explain it to the kids I teach as follows: It’s like having two lookout guys keeping watch for a bank robber in the old west, “Bob� and “Joe.� Bob is watching out back and Joe, out front. Both Bob and Joe (the horse’s left eye and right eye) are able to perceive danger and alert the bank robber, “Frank� (the horse). But if Joe sees the sheriff coming, Bob won’t know about it until Frank and/or Joe fi lls him in. In other words, what the left eye sees and understands, the right eye has little to no

knowledge of. That’s why a horse can pass the garbage can outside the arena four times while travelling left and only spook at it once it turns around and sees it out of the right eye. What this means is that, while a safe boundary is being established, maintaining a direction of travel and sticking to it will help a horse to learn our expectations more quickly. Yes, it’s important to work both sides of a horse’s body and mind evenly in order to achieve both emotional and physical balance, but each time he changes direction he has to start learning from scratch again. This is due to the horse’s Corpus Callosum. The Corpus Callosum is essentially a walky-talky between the left and right side of the brain. In humans, this is very well developed (and having both eyes on the front of the head helps as well). In the horse, the Corpus Callosum is fairly small and under-developed. This means that, although they do have the ability to transfer some information from one side to the other, it’s not easy for them. In other words, the better they understand something on one side, the faster they can learn it on the other. Switching back and forth from one side to the other, frequently and at a time when the learning is still either fresh or not quite understood, simply keeps them in a state of “not-quite-gotit� and prevents them from beginning to feel confident and secure in their understanding of the requests being made. At least, this has been my experience. Once the horse has learned that, 1. you have a sacred bubble around you (i.e. boundaries) and, 2. you’d like them to continue moving in the direction that you’ve chosen at whatever speed they are comfortable

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Jasper and I are taking a moment to “share space and time� together.

with (as long as it’s forward), then you’re ready for foundational priority number 3: a discussion around changing direction which will ultimately lead you to the fourth and final priority, and the ability to discuss things with a functional language. How a horse changes direction is very important to me and there are only two choices. A horse can change direction in a round pen by turning either towards the handler or away from the handler. Each choice is a very powerful message that we can either support or not. How we deal with helping our horses to learn which change of direction is most desirable is far more influential that you’d think. It’ll have an impact on everything you do with your horse. Check out next month’s article to find out how! Christa Miremadi has been working with horses since 1984, and is a partner and facility manager in her family business in Langley, Silver Star Stables, where she also provides riding instruction and conducts horsemanship clinics. Christa is dedicated to creating harmony and building relationships between horses and humans through compassionate communication, and to strengthening partnerships by sharing the horse’s point of view. (See her listing in the Business Services Section under TRAINERS)




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Fun With Gaited Horses By Jacki Evans


some may be curious to know more about gaited horses, how many breeds there are and what types of riding activities people do with them? Prior to the wide appearance of horse drawn carriages in Europe, riding horses were bred for their smooth ambling gaits. Riders wanted horses that could transport them frequently over long distances with minimal wear and tear on their bodies. The least amount of movement to a rider came from a horse with a lateral gait. Amblers, as they were called, were the preferred choice of noblemen. As transportation needs Combined age of nearly expanded to wheels, trotting horses became important for their speed and high stepping style. Thus began 100 years! the development of modern breeds, in which diagonally gaited horses became the norm. Some breeds that Photo by K. Quilliams are predominantly diagonal today still carry the ambling gene that can be seen from time to time, such as Morgans and Arabians. The ability to gait differently, or move laterally, is completely inherited. It cannot be trained into a horse that does not have the genetic background to do so. Under saddle, some gaited breeds were developed to both trot and gait, while others were bred for a locked in gait, according to purpose and function. There are many variations of movement and timing within gaited breeds but all strive for more Sharing Grandpa’s horse. smoothness than is possible with a non-gaiting horse. Photo credit by T. Greening Today, there are about 16-20 breeds of gaited horses, with common ones in Canada being Tennessee Walker, Peruvian, Rocky/Kentucky Mountain Horse, Icelandic, Paso Fino, American Saddlebred, Missouri Fox Trotter and Spotted Saddle Horse. Real cowboys can play! Photo by K. Quilliams Riders are valuing once again the pleasure of being on gaited horses, which also tend to be sensible and easy to handle, as well as beautiful. Some people have chosen to switch to them as their bodies age, so they do not have to give up their love of riding. Gaited horses can be found in police work; ranch work; breed and open shows; parades; drill teams; and therapeutic 17th riding. They excel in competitive trail, mountain ANNUAL trail and completing endurance rides. Most of all… they are the supreme pleasure horse. There are many myths about owning gaited horses, e.g. need for special tack; special training; special shoes; inability to walk (all horses walk)! These are all completely false, as anyone doing their quality research will Armstrong Agriplex discover. They are simply a normal horse with a special way of moving - one that a woman Any Gaited or Part-Breed Gaited Horse described recently as “the happiness horse.” The Interior Gaited Fun Show offers a once a year chance to see several of these breeds. If Start Time: Sat. 10 am, Sun. 9 am you want to satisfy your curiosity, what better Single class, day or weekend entry fees way than to talk to friendly owners. There will Judge - Karan Moore, Grand Forks BC be a demonstration parade of breeds in the arena on Saturday, about 12 Noon. One never knows For more info contact: what surprise demos may be in store! Hope Premium List and Registration: you’ll come have a look.

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BC Seniors Games – Join Us! By Janice Reid Photos courtesy of Saddle Up magazine


September 9-13 to attend the BC Senior Summer Games to be held at Milner Downs Equestrian Centre in Langley BC. Reining, Dressage, Mountain Trail and Driving are the equestrian events during the Games. “The BC Senior Games offer a wonderful opportunity to participate in a sport that you love. Competing in the Equestrian Mountain Trail division was a first for me and my horse. It was a very positive experience. I enjoyed meeting the other competitors and being there as they and their horses demonstrated their courage to overcome personal obstacles as well as the actual obstacles that were presented. I would do it again in a heartbeat. See you in Langley!” - Monica Jahrig, Gold Medal Winner, Mountain Trail

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Training with Dana Hokana THE PICK-UP

As riders, we strive to become better and to understand how to ride and develop a proper and good relationship with our horses. Being good and mindful with your hands is one way to build that relationship.


hese are some tips to establish a great relationship with your horse through your hands. First, you must realize that you can take a hold of your horse’s face. But, also realize that how you approach him with your hands is equal to how you would speak to a person. If your approach is sharp, jerky or rough, you have “yelled” at him with your hands and he may be on the defensive. The biggest thing you can do to change his response is to change your approach to him. Here are some secrets to good hands. The “pick-up” consists of several parts. The pick-up is what I call the action of when you connect with his mouth, using your hands. How you perform your pick-up is directly related to how skilled you are with your hands. I encourage you to strive to study and learn these techniques. The three components of the pick-up are: 1. Your Approach 2. The Connection 3. The Release

1. Your Approach This is such an important part, as it is the start of your communication with your horse with your hands. Do your best to make sure initial contact is smooth and fair. Don’t come in with a rough or rigid jerk. I teach my riders that it is okay to bump or correct your horse in the face as long as you are already in contact. If you jerk or bump with no warning, “out of mid-air” so to speak, you will scare your horse and teach him to brace against your hands. When you pick up on the reins, just draw up smoothly and slowly until you are in contact with his mouth, then make any corrections as needed. 2. The Connection Once you’ve made contact with your horse’s mouth, you now have to decide if you need to pull or bump your horse in the face or simply just hold him. This is where feel comes into play. Do your best to “feel” with your hands what your horse is doing at the end of the bridle reins. Which leads me to make a point to you - if your horse is ever pulling the reins out of your hands, he is basically controlling your pull or pick-up. This can reinforce the very bad habit of a horse throwing his head. By allowing him to pull the reins out of your hands you are giving him a positive reward for his negative behaviour. Which will make him do it more and more. Make sure you are mindful about your hold on the reins and don’t let those reins slide through your hands! Don’t give your horse any stronger correction than is needed to get the desired response. Remember the pounds of pressure that you use to pull or bump on your horse is intensified or magnified when you use a shank bridle to the degree of severity of the bit. If you are in a snaffle it is close to the same pounds of pressure as you actually apply with your hands. So ride very mindful of this and don’t add any more pressure than you need. That will develop trust in your horse. Also make sure you give a clear message. Riding this way will take a lot of focus and, for myself, I have found that if I am really working on a horse I have to limit my outside distractions or I may get heavy handed and lose the feel I am trying to develop. You are building a relationship with your horse, so be a fair partner.

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Dana Hokana, cont’d Follow-through is another important component of this phase of the pick-up. Follow-through is nothing more than asking until you get a response. This also requires feel and awareness. It means to stay in or follow through until you are satisfied with the amount your horse gives. Be clear and give a clear message and your horse will learn faster. I look for my horse to give in the face but also to soften or lighten in my hands. Then I know I’m ready to release.

Building a good relationship with your horse is worth the effort. Our hands are one of the main methods of communication we use when we ride, so learning to use your hands fairly and effectively is a very valuable use of your time. Good luck to you and your horse!

3. The Release Once you are satisfied with your horse and the amount that he gave, you then want to release or give back to him with your hands. I like to release in a smooth, slow motion. I recommend that, when you release, you are truly released. Make sure you give enough rein so that the pressure (or contact) changed enough so that he truly felt the release. The release is his reward. Horses learn by that reward and they look for the reward, so make your message clear and make sure he realizes that he is being rewarded. I’ve just given you a lesson on how to use your hands more effectively. If you study that and put it into practice, you will start seeing some good results with all the horses that you ride. Also a word of warning: with any horse that you ride, when you are in contact with his face, if he shows any signs of wanting to rear or becoming dangerous, stop what you are doing and get the help of a professional.

Dana Hokana is one of the top female trainers in the Quarter Horse industry and currently operates Dana Hokana Quarter Horses in Temecula, California. She has trained multiple Western Pleasure circuit champions as well as some major Futurity winners. Dana has also trained horses to top ten placings in Western Pleasure at both the All American Quarter Horse Congress and the AQHA World Championship Show. Riding her stallion, Invested Dimension, she captured an AQHA Reserve World Championship title in Senior Western Pleasure.

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onghorn Acres of Armstrong BC offers Team Roping Schools at a beginner and intermediate level. These schools start by teaching the basic steps in rope handling and horsemanship skills and then incorporate those skills while roping the drag-dummy. The next step is the roping box and practicing correct position while tracking live slow cattle. The pull-dummy gives people a chance to follow and get into position without a rope. When the horses start to learn their position, we add the rope. We always keep our horse in position before we attempt to rope either the dummy or cattle. When we get to live cattle (being less predictable than the dummy) it’s more of a challenge. We welcome all ranges of riders and horses; from new riders with green horses to experienced riders with finished older horses. Everyone at any level is welcome. We find most people start off intimidated and get frustrated easily. It’s

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I had worked off and on at the Thoroughbred track and had thought of getting into Thoroughbred ownership, but I also liked the Interior racetracks for their scenery and the vacation sense I got from going there. I decided that I was going to get a racehorse but, at that moment, I wasn’t sure what kind I wanted. Then in 2011, I bought a Quarter Horse. This one, though not destined for the track, is every bit the winner in

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How to Separate the Wheat from the Chaff By Judy Newbert WHICH ADVICE DO I LISTEN TO?

It seems that, in the horse world, there are a lot of people dispensing advice of various sorts which can be graded into several categories: good, bad, useless and downright dangerous.


riving - because it had a long history, almost died out and then was revived - seems to have more than its fair share of advice givers. Old men regale us with how it was in the good old days, draft horse drivers try to tell us that no one ever drives without a full collar, pleasure driving people tell us we should have leather harness, brass hardware and better clothes, combined driving drivers tell pleasure drivers that they should do more than just drive around and look nice. To make things even worse, there is a wide variety of driving styles; draft horse driving evolved for farm work; pleasure carriage driving evolved in the eastern USA and Britain in the 1800s to be seen and admired by oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends as a gauge of societal status; heavy carriage driving in Britain was for hauling in cramped city conditions or in coaches along hard-surfaced roads; and light horse driving in western North America was a way to get to and from town for supplies over mostly non-existent roads. Even continental Europe and Great Britain had very different driving styles, different horses, different harness and different vehicles. Each style of driving evolved based on its intended purpose, the types of horses and harnesses available, the terrain travelled and, in some cases, regional customs and costumes. This is why it is so hard to determine what is really correct in driving and why there is so much controversy about almost everything. But lest you think drivers have it bad, there is

just as wide a range of riding styles, equipment and horses utilized in the various riding disciplines. So, in the face of people constantly giving us their advice on what we should be doing: what does one do? Obviously, you do not take just anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice at face value and blindly do everything anybody tells you. Madness and financial ruin lie in that direction! You could ignore everyone, but by doing that you may be missing out on some valuable advice that might help you with a problem your horse is having that, in some cases, you may not even have recognized. Dispensing of advice often comes when you are contemplating a purchase - whether of a horse or some equipment. Since these are typically large-ticket items, the wrong choice does have financial implications. A horse purchase following incorrect advice endangers not only our wallet but our life as well. Well, what to do. One of my previous articles dealt with purchasing a driving horse. You can re-read that article as some but not all of the same suggestions apply to equipment purchases. Find someone that you trust. This mentor should preferably be a successful driver or instructor themselves with a reputation for producing competent drivers and reliable horses in the area of driving in which you are interested. If this paragon is not available in your immediate area, you can often solicit advice from other wellknown or recommended drivers via phone or

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email. A number of instructors will comment on turnouts using video clips which can be done at long distance. In most instances, this person will not have a vested interest in selling you anything which means you will likely get a more objective opinion. The requirement of good taste in driving turnout (the sum of your horse, harness, cart or carriage and the dress of the driver) is difficult for the beginner to understand without some experienced guidance. Talk to lots of people, not just one or two to get a wider range of opinions. Over time, you will winnow out your advisors to the people who have steered you correctly in the past. If you are a recreational driver, this discussion of turnout is immaterial, but the safety aspects of training covered later will interest you. In the absence of a reliable mentor, you can do your own research and make up your own mind on anything. For showing, if you wish to enter a particular class, read your rule book; it will give you information on what is required. When I was preparing to show a Welsh pony in driving classes for the first time, I was told by numerous well-meaning people that I had to have a wooden cart and a leather harness with brass fittings. Since I had neither, I doubted whether I should even enter the class. Reading the rule book indicated that a clean, safe and well-fitting harness and cart was required - very different from what I was being told. In most instances, the equipment and turnout only counted for a maximum of 15% anyway, with the remaining 85% relating to performance and manners. Based on the scores and real life, the equipment is much


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Wheat from the Chaff, cont’d Knowing what the rule book says for your event will allow you to sort out the advisors who have no idea from the advisors to whom you can safely listen. When someone gives you advice, question them, listen carefully for the answers and decide for yourself. If they can provide no logical reasons for their recommendation, forget it. If they fall back on “that’s the way we have always done it”, forget it. Again, if available, judges may be a better resource for this sort of advice since they usually do not have a vested interest in selling you something. When buying equipment, look at the sales person as a used car salesman; their intent is to sell you something, not assess your needs. Be especially wary of the sales person who can’t answer questions but still insists that you should trust them. If anyone says “just trust me,” walk away. One of the best examples is synthetic harness with stainless steel fittings compared to the old standard of leather harness with brass hardware. Leather harness with brass hardware, if good leather is used, is expensive. It is true that the first attempts at synthetic harness were poor quality; numerous improvements have been made and most synthetic harness is today a high quality item. Leather and brass require maintenance which many people today are not willing to do. Better they have a clean and safe low-maintenance synthetic harness with stainless steel hardware than a perpetually dirty leather harness with tarnished brass hardware. Worse yet is the choice of a cheap leather harness which is typically dangerous due to low quality and the possibility of a sudden failure of some part of the harness. The person who insists on leather harness with brass or even leather harness for everyone does not recognize the realities of modern life and, as a result, is dispensing poor advice. Again, they are probably selling leather harness because that’s the way it has always been done. Beware of the advisor who produces a series of inviolable rules with no latitude. Very rarely are the words “never” or “always” used in conjunction with training or handling horses. The worst offenders are people who produce a series of rules under the heading of “we have always done it this way.” The horses we drive, the equipment we have available, and the type of driving we do today has very little HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

resemblance to the horses, equipment and driving done in the old days. The phrase “it depends on the horse’s background” is much more applicable today. You must recognize that the field of horsemanship is always evolving. Things like driving without blinkers, driving without check reins, driving with bits that are actually designed for the horse’s mouth instead of bits which are simply easy to manufacture and driving in helmets and safety vests are relatively modern ideas and are not part of the driving “old ways of doing things.” Each of these new ideas must be investigated in light of our horse knowledge and experience and we must decide whether or not to embrace the new ways of doing things. Driving instructors and trainers provide an interesting study. In driving, there is no such thing as “we will take 30 days and the horse will be a reliable driving horse” and no competent trainer will suggest this. Older trainers are better than younger trainers because experience is the best teacher and older people are usually not in as much of a rush as younger people. A trainer can only train a horse as quickly as the horse can absorb the information. Some horses are slower than others; it does not mean that they will never “get it,” it just takes longer. Both a good trainer and a competent owner recognize this. A good trainer will take the time and the competent owner will not insist on a quick training job and the horse will be better for it. For the trainer, having exposure to many different horses and breeds is a plus since this usually means a range of temperaments and situations have been handled. A creative thinker with problemsolving abilities is essential to be a good trainer. Competent

Informal combined driving turnout

trainers may have to say things such as “this horse needs more time” or “this horse will never make a driving horse” because their experience tells them that some horses may take longer and some may never become reliable driving horses. That is based on their experience and it is your choice, as the owner, whether to accept their recommendations or not. But, you must remember that not all horses will take to driving AND a poorlytrained driving horse is far more dangerous than a poorly-trained riding horse, both to yourself as the driver and to innocent bystanders. Instructors and coaches that have little experience or experience with only one breed should be avoided, as their handling of continued on page 24

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Wheat from the Chaff, cont’d problems may be lacking and will likely not be as effective as a more experienced person. A note on harness changes while your horse is hitched up: the in gate at a competition is not the time or place to allow anyone to change your harness settings. If your horse has been performing fine up until now, DO NOT risk upsetting him at the last minute before entering the ring, by allowing someone to change any of the harness adjustments. The time to experiment with harness adjustments is at home, long before the show. Several years ago, at a clinic, a coach raised the tug loops on a horse that was known to be “cinchy” without releasing by the same amount the hold down straps. This increased the tightness of the girth and the horse took three steps forward, exploded and ran away. Thankfully, neither horse nor driver was injured, although the equipment took a beating. The driver said afterwards, “I knew the horse was sensitive to the tightness of the girth; I warned the clinician. I ASSUMED when the clinician adjusted the tugs one hole

up he also loosened the lower girth. Had I known what had really been done, I would have loosened the girth before I tried to drive the horse.” Two people are at fault here; the clinician, for making an incorrect adjustment which had the potential to upset a horse about which he had been warned and the driver, for not protecting the horse. In the end, the driver is responsible for the safety of himself and his horse. At a clinic, if the clinician wishes to adjust the harness on my horse, I dismount and watch the person do it and I make sure that I am okay with the adjustment before I drive. You know your horse better than anyone else and if you are uncomfortable with the change, do not do it or make the change in smaller increments. Clinicians are not gods; it is your right and responsibility to refuse to make harness changes with which you are uncomfortable. You have invested a lot of time and effort getting your horse trained and giving him good driving experiences; do not allow it to be compromised by a moment’s inattention. In the end, you are responsible for the

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Record Breaking Mid-America Sale By Bruce Roy,


ecords were broken February 20-21 at the 2014 Mid-America Draft Horse Sale, in Gifford, Illinois. A total of 247 Belgians and Percherons sold for a $5,902 average, their highest-ever overall The ringside crowd included Amish horsemen in average, at the Gordyville USA Auction Center. FortyBently, the high priced gelding record number. The growing Amish communities sold for $34,000. (Photo courtesy three Percheron females averaged $9,097; 30 Percheron in America farm with quality draft horses. of Draft Horse Journal) geldings averaged $8,507; 50 Belgian geldings averaged (PSD Photo/Ken Siems) $5,385, while 73 Belgian females averaged $5,612. Each sold for $5,000 or more. Buyers came from 24 American states and the figure was a Sale record. provinces of BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. The trade peaked when David Helmuth of Seymour, Iowa, trotted Two breeders from Belgium purchased two Belgian females. Vernon his four-year-old Percheron mare, Ingates Leading Desire, centre-ring. Yoder, the Amish Sale Manager, was over the moon! Jane Gray, of Trippcrest Farms (Harrison, Maine), placed a last bid of $51,000 on his mare; Cal Lipsett, of Glencal Percherons (Schomberg, ON), who bid to $50,000, was runner up. A lead horse prospect, Desire is a Skyview Count On It mare. At 17.3 hands, she sparkled, when driven at the Preview. She joins a hitch of Percheron mares widely respected in breed circles. D.M.W. Modern Bess topped the Belgian Friday May 2 & Saturday May 3, 2014 females. When this red sorrel, five-year-old Agricultural Fairgrounds, Olds, AB trotted centre-ring, the ringmen faced a bidding flurry. The Harbor Haven’s Extreme Invites Consignments of Horse Drawn brood mare cost William Gerdes and Mike Equipment, Harness, Tack, Shoes, etc; Schwark of Burlington, Iowa, a sum of $18,000. Purebred, Crossbred & Grade Draft Sold in foal to Anvil Ring Cyclone, she was Horses; Draft Mules & Mammoth Jacks consigned by John Hershberger of Sullivan, Illinois. MAY 2 The first gelding centre-ring caused a 2:00 p.m. Preview of the bidding firestorm. Bently cost Ted English, Driving Horses of Country Lane Belgians (Sunderland, 5:00 p.m. Social & Supper ON), a figure of $34,000. The four-year-old hitch horse, consigned by Jonathan Miller 6:30 p.m. Tack & Harness Sale of Millersburg, Ohio, topped the geldings catalogued - Belgian and Percheron. Bently MAY 3 will fi ll a position in the Country Lane Belgian 8:00 a.m. Tack & Harness Sale hitch, a former World Champion Six at the 11:00 a.m. Equipment Sale Calgary Stampede. 12:00 noon Draft Horse Sale E.R.’s Hi Guy topped the Percheron geldings. He won a $30,000 bid from Brian and Randi Thiel of Pleasant Gove, California. A black horse, at nearly 19 hands, he was FOR INFORMAT A ION CONTAC T T: consigned by Joe Yoder of Bloomfield, Iowa. Barb Stephenson Shipped to Alberta following the Sale, Hi Guy Box 96, TTurner Valley, AB T0L 2A0 joins the turnout of Percheron geldings Brian 403-933-5765 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) Coleman schools and wheels for the Thiel or visit: family. This Skyview Count On It son was one of two five-figure Percheron geldings the Thiel ADDITIONAL CONTAC T TS: family bought. Fred McDiarmid Bob Lewis David Carson This year 15% of the horses sold for 403-575-2181 519-291-2049 403-556-7589 $10,000 or more; 36% of the consignment

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Mountain Trail For All To Enjoy! By Mark McMillan


C could indeed have a Mountain Trail Horse organization in the very near future. At least that’s the hopes of Laurie Thompson and a good size group of folks that showed up at the Twisted Terrain Horse Park on March 1st in Hope BC. It’s pretty obvious that Laurie really wants to see everyone be able to enjoy the sport of Mountain Trail Horse (MTH). She has spent many hours, and a lot of dollars from her own pocket, preparing for a meeting that she hosted with the help of Debbie Hughes, in her “meeting room” in the guest house at Twisted Terrain. The idea of the meeting was that like-minded MTH enthusiasts get together and sit around discussing what the judge’s rules / standards / criteria should be when judging a mountain trail course ‘challenge’. Now that last word was a key word to me ... I like a “challenge” but I’m not one for Laurie Thompson bundled up as “competition.” we toured Twisted Terrain Horse

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Mountain Trail, cont’d meeting room with pens, paper, and a “criteria handbook” that Laurie had drafted. Discussion around the room was for input and Laurie made notes to revise the handbook. Everyone in the room pretty much agreed on everything so no fist fights were generated. A couple of points of interest We were split into groups and each group that were noted, and may be of set up a course and then judged Dani going through it. interest to other “horse” people, are things like - the word “horse” is to include mini, donkey, pony, and mule. The words walk, trot and canter now include “gait.” The categories “In Hand” and “Under Saddle” now have a third title “At Liberty.” These are just a couple of examples of how the group is trying hard to include everyone in every discipline. A course for a horse of course ... the sport of Mountain Trail ... a unique, fun, challenging sport for any horse lover!

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couple of new titles to add to my book wish list. Saturday’s session concluded with photographer Debra Garside’s mesmerizing photos and video presentation about her expeditions to Sable Island, Nova Scotia, to capture images of the wild horses living there. speakers over the two days was scheduled to present at 8:30am so, Sunday’s first speaker was equine nutritionist, Dr. Claire after a quick and trouble-free registration, I grabbed a coffee from Thunes. She provided a detailed overview of what horses need in the beverage station that was set up near the conference room their diets in general, why it is important to do our best to obtain (greatly appreciated!) and chatted for a few minutes with the other an accurate estimation of our horse’s weight in determining feed attendees at my table. I noticed little details that gave the event rations (and how to do that), which minerals are deficient in our BC “polish” - the swag bag of horsey magazines for each registrant, hays and different ways to make up the difference. She provided a pens and notepads on each table, roomy seating, screens at each lot of useful information specific to horses living in BC, and to the end of the room so everyone could see the presentations easily, a product lines that we have available to us in our local feed stores. tasty and fi lling lunch each day and an efficient time-keeper who The next speaker was Dr. Tawni Silver, DVM; she is a medical made sure the speakers stayed on schedule. But what impressed me imaging specialist. She presented a case study of equine lameness, the most about the Summit was the amount and depth of material and discussed the different imaging technologies, presented. from basic radiography all the way to the “gold I learned something new from each speaker. standard” of MRI, and how they are each best Dr. Yves Rossier, DVM spoke on the ethics of to assist in diagnosis. used pain medication in competitive sport, something Up next at the podium was Jennifer Woods, I have never explored in detail before. There was a livestock handling specialist, who gave us as a lot of information to absorb in 90 minutes, and much information as she could pack into her the issue of horse welfare was a prominent theme. time slot about the best practices when it comes Dr. Gerd Heuschmann, DVM was a big to hauling horses. She sure is a fun and dynamic draw for many people; he is the author of the speaker. She listed all the DOs and all the expose, “Tug of War,” about the disturbing effects DON’Ts, plus some warnings about some Really of the Rollkur technique, seen in the sport of Dr. Gerd Heuschmann, DVM Bad Ideas that she’s encountered over the years dressage, and more recently, “Balancing Act - The of helping clients, such as “Never go through Horse in Sport.” The focus of his presentation a drive-through car wash while hauling your was biomechanics, and he used the entire 3 hours, 40 minutes over horses” - especially on their first ride in the trailer! two sessions, just for the “condensed version” of his material - it is The conference concluded with Dr. Steve Manning, DVM. a HUGE topic, and I came away with several pages of notes and a He is a theriogenologist who is active in the teaching, research and clinical practice of acupuncture. He gave us some history about its origins and the differences between “Chinese” and “Western” theories of acupuncture. Dr. Manning stated that it is still an experimental therapy for equines, and he emphasized that horse owners should work with their veterinarians if considering alternative therapies such as acupuncture. This weekend of learning was excellent value for the money. I hadn’t expected to be given so much useful information and am very glad I took notes to help me remember it all. Thank you to the 2014 Summit speakers for sharing their knowledge, to Horse Council BC for organizing this event, and to the sponsors who helped fund it!

n the weekend of March 8-9, I attended the annual BC Equine Education Summit, hosted at the Hilton in Richmond. It was my first time participating in this conference, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The first of seven

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The Ride Depends on the Footing By Alex von Hauff, Whoa Dust,


However, one thing they all share in common is their need for regular maintenance to combat dust. The footing in your arena is as important as a good fitting saddle, if your horse is uncomfortable with the footing, their mind will not be on the

ride. There are only three ways to conquer dust in an arena: water, waterless footing, and the use of dust control additives. If water and time are not a concern, some rules of thumb that will save time and money are: groom when your arena is moist and not dry, as this will reduce the wear and tear on the sand, reduce dust and prolong the need to replace your footing. Try to alternate grooming patterns to keep the base and footing level. By keeping the base level you will be able to minimize the mixing of clay and footing which causes dust. When watering your arena, only water enough to saturate the top two thirds of the footing. This will reduce dust that is caused when the arena footing packs. Evening is the best time to water your arena. This gives your footing time to absorb the moisture during the cooler hours, and reduces the amount and frequency of watering by weighing down the dust. Another option is waterless footing, and it is exactly that – you do not use water. This is by far the most expensive route but, the most effective. Arenas with waterless footing never need to be watered, usually due to a polymer additive that coats each individual grain of sand. These arenas are dust free as long as you are diligent about picking out the organics. The third option is arena dust control additives. This is a great alternative to waterless footing if budget is a concern and an environmentally friendly solution if water is scarce in your area. Often, dust controls can be applied in either granular or liquid and can be: organicbased, chemical-based, chloride-based, or polymer-based. There are many benefits to dust control agents including: . reduction of labor and water use . prolonged life of footing . a more stable footing . and accurate moisture distribution EFFECTIVE Up to 16 months of dust control ENVIRONMENTAL Up to 80 percent reduction in water usage Dust controls work in different ECONOMICAL An average per treatment investment of less than 60000 ways including; coating the dust causing adhesion to the footing, water retention weighing the dust down, or charging the dust using flocculation. All dust control additives have pros and cons, and the best way to find the one for your arena is by researching which ones have worked in an arena similar to yours. Dust control will save money, time and water, and provide your horse with footing that encourages a great ride!





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British Columbia “TRAIL WARRIOR” – Rose Schroeder By Linda Buchanan



n on-line definition of “trail warrior”: “engaged energetically in an activity or cause.” The many people who know Rose Schroeder of Abbotsford, BC, know that her energy is infectious and she is PASSIONATE about trails. This makes her the ultimate Trail Warrior. Rose has been riding horses her entire life and has participated in many disciplines, but I have to say that trail riding is where she is most at home. One of Rose’s favourite sayings is: “Many hands make light work.” This leads her to collaborate with numerous trail user groups and to be the voice for equine trail use. Just look at the positions she currently holds: ~ VP, Recreation, Horse Council BC ~ Chair, Yarrow Chapter of Back Country Horsemen Society of BC

~ Director, Outdoor Recreation Council of BC ~ Director Back Country Horsemen Society of BC Trails Committee ~ Director, Vedder Mountain Trails Association ~ Director, Friends of Manning Park ~ Director, Chilliwack River Advisory Group Rose is always prepared to do trail maintenance, whether she’s packing a chainsaw, nippers or just using physical strength to move rocks and debris off a trail. On average, she logs over 80 hours per year of volunteer time to our trails. To describe Rose as “adventurous” is an understatement as she loves to check out what’s over the next ridge. We have ridden together on many trails that are packed with history. The most significant was the Hudson Bay Brigade Trail. It was built in 1849, and was a fur trading route between the coast and interior of British Columbia. Rose was a valuable volunteer on a three-year project to re-open seven kilometres of this historic trail in the Cascade Mountains. Rose was also instrumental in establishing the Headwaters Corral Equestrian Campsite in beautiful E.C. Manning Provincial Park located near Hope, BC, a perfect destination to introduce newcomers to the experience of backcountry trail riding. Preserving and registering trails for future generations to enjoy is also a priority for Rose. You will often find her with GPS in hand mapping as many trails as possible. And when the day is done, like a true Trail Warrior, you can hear Rose’s

Almost Too Much Fun Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all riders interested in trails and the back country. We strive to preserve trail access for all riders. 30 • Saddle Up • April 2014

Rose testing a bridge she built in the backcountry, check out her riding gear!

amazing voice as she leads her posse back to camp with a good old cowboy song. This “Trail Hero” story was submitted by the Joint Trails and Access Committee (JTAC). This volunteer-based committee was formed in 2006 by Horse Council BC and the Back Country Horsemen of BC. JTAC is a working advisory group with expertise in development and preservation of multi-use recreational trails throughout BC. Committee volunteers are involved with access to front and back country riding trails on both public and private lands. JTAC’s goal is to provide a clear, persuasive and collective voice to government and land managers for equestrian use on shared trails. In recognition of the priceless contribution of volunteers, the Committee shares these true stories of trail “heroes.”

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Annual Horseman’s Bazaar a Hit! By Nancy Roman


addle Up attended the 40th Annual Horseman’s Bazaar and Country Fair held at Thunderbird Show Park on March 16th, hosted by the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association. Although it was a particularly WET day… thousands still turned out for this popular event of the year! Everyone and their dog attended! (It’s called ‘socializing’) New this year, the Used Tack Sale was on a ‘rent-your-own-table’ basis with horsey folk selling their own ‘wears’. This was a risk on LMQHAs part, but I believe this change worked well for everyone – the sale tent appeared to be quite busy. The day held many events in all the covered arenas, i.e. round pen demos, activities for dogs, llamas and rabbits, driving, vaulting, and other demos for Western Dressage, Champion Barrel Racer Barb West, cutting and flag work, and Mountain/Extreme Trail. On top of all the activities… add in the Trade Fair (with over 100 exhibitors), the new Artisan Alley in the Country Fair and a Petting Zoo… this certainly kept attendees busy hopping between all the tents! Another great show put on by the LMQHA! And Happy 40th to you!

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Annual Fashion Feat ure Are you ready for the new Riding Season? Need to add to your wardrobe… or change it up this year? We hope some of the styles and fashions on the following pages help you decide. LEATHER and DENIM are always at home on the range!


owboy boots continue to dominate the scene, both the low boot, highly accessorized or ultra-simple, and the traditional variety. At The Horse Barn we really love Ariat’s Fatbaby collection, and so do our customers, judging from the demand! Everyone can wear denim, because it is just so amazingly comfortable, durable, and ever-

improving with age. Denim still has such strong cachet, regardless of how you wear it, when you wear it, and where you wear it. Cello Jeans are a fresh new brand of high-end denim out of L.A. They focus on comfort and fit and have set themselves apart from the endless number of jeans companies by maintaining a reasonable price while offering a flattering and stylish product. Pick up a pair and step up your style!


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Annual Fashion Feat ure Photos copyright 2014, Hobby Horse Clothing Co., Inc.

Hobby Horse’s 2014 Western Fashion Forecast


t’s that time again... time to dust off your horse and your equipment and prepare for a new show season. Plan ahead to get you and your horse back in show shape, then take a moment to evaluate your current wardrobe and show tack, and you’ll be well on your way to a winning season. Showgirls, let’s take it from the top: from your show hat, that is. Your hat frames your face and defines your personality in the show ring, so invest in a fine western hat then keep it ‘tuned up’ with occasional professional shaping for years of attractive service. While hat trends change slowly, expect a steeper brim this year, hinting towards ‘taco’ hats from yesteryear. Hats will garner extra attention when they’re sporting colorful and fancy decorations to coordinate with a showgirl’s best outfits. Handpainting, crystals, even exotic leather appliqué and vintage-inspired laced brims may be seen in the show ring; just make sure your hat is shaped to flatter your face and doesn’t overpower the rest of your look before you ‘spruce it up’ to create a one-of-a-kind topper. And expect to see more color in hats this year as well, coordinating with chaps or an aspect of a rider’s blouse or jacket.

And about those blouses or jackets... anything goes! From starched cotton shirts in traditional menswear colors and fabrics to embellished looks encrusted with enough chains, jewels, and medallions to impress an emperor, we’ll see a huge range of trendy tops in the show ring this year. If you do choose an understated menswear look, have your blouse tailored to flatter your figure, and be sure to accessorize it with feminine touches like the perfect pendant necklace or a pretty silk scarf. If you opt for an ornate embellished look, have fun but be sure the garment is made to a standard that will hold up to show use, and can be cleaned. For riding classes, you’ll see as many short zip tunics as you will blouses, and expect a strong return of a western favorite: the fitted vest. Vests trim your torso yet allow you freedom of movement and add less bulk for more comfort. They’ll be presented in fresh feminine fabrics this year like laces and brocades, paired with traditional cotton blouses or technical-fabric stretch tops that are akin to workout apparel: form-fitting and capable of wicking away perspiration. continued on page 34

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elcome a new western event that will gain fans this year: Western Dressage. Although it’s early days for this exciting new sport, expect to see both western-pleasure inspired outfits and those with a hint of historical influence with vaquero-themed bolero jackets and working western looks. Vests will be important to western dressage riders as they ride twohanded and will appreciate the comfort and good looks of slimming, comfortable vests. If you have champagne taste and a beer budget for show apparel, consider the D-I-Y approach: Decorate-It-Yourself. Many showgirls enjoy the fun of adding crystals and appliqué trims to straightforward tops to create beautiful garments with thousands of added rhinestones atop Ultrasuede and shimmering embellishments. With a little practice and time, anyone can add pizzazz to an off-the-rack garment to make something unique. If you’re a serious Showmanship competitor, a special suit just for that class is a must in strong competition. It should be tailored to emphasize your smooth moves with perfectly fitted pants and plenty of sleeve length to prevent peekaboo wrists. Showmanship is the one event where small trim details will be noticed since you’re working close to the judge, but don’t lose sight of the basics: visually interesting trims, long vertical lines, and eye-catching details on the front and back of the suit jacket. When shopping for show tops, do look for quality construction: tidy sewing, hidden zippers, stretch fabrics, and a good basic fit. Whether you start with a blouse, a short jacket, or a combination garment imagine that the judge is your audience and you are dressing for the stage: emphasize line and color in the base fabric and either buy or add the dramatic bling that brings show apparel to life in natural sunlight or under indoor arena lights.

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Speaking of color, expect to see a bit more of it this year in the show ring. While most of your competitors will opt for safe and easy black, it’s more fun than ever to bring color to your wardrobe to make a memorable impression. If you ride a red-headed horse (sorrels, chestnuts, duns, etc.) consider earth-tone accents like soft vanilla, golden buckskin, rich rust, deep chocolate, and olive green as great shades on your horse. Riding a brunette horse, or one with black, white or brown hair like bays, black or white horses? Consider jewel tones in your wardrobe palette like turqua, indigo, purple, pink, red, and royal blue. Soft sterling silver is also an important and versatile color this year. Consider a base color (chaps and hat) plus an accent from the suggestions above in your shirt or top, and then pick up that accent color again in your big, beautiful saddle blanket. A carefully selected saddle blanket will visually unite you with your horse and is a critical component of your show wardrobe. Chaps continue to be a traditional item tailored to fit like gloves and add the illusion of length to your riding figure. Chaps should hang from your natural waist and be long enough to cover your boot heels in the saddle. If you opt for something fancier than the classic chaps, be sure that the added trimslike crystals or blinged-out conchos- add to your presentation rather than draw attention to figure flaws like busy legs or wide hips. While we love to buy beautiful western boots, remember they show hardly at all underneath chaps and behind stirrups. Consider simple boots for the show ring that blend with your chaps or pants, or color an old pair a fresh color to give them new life. Accessories including rider jewelry and tack bring more personality into the winning picture, and should not only flatter you and your horse but express your unique style in a bold or memorable way. While the show ring is a traditional place, there’s always a little room to have fun to make a modest statement of style, and mix old and new pieces for a stylish presentation.

Accessories add impact: buckskin chaps and hat beautifully frame “Serengeti” tunic by Hobby Horse. Warm earth-tone wardrobe colors enhance this sorrel horse’s coat.

Stretch blouses bring all-day comfort to the show ring, and designs like Hobby Horse’s “Reindance,” combine with a colorful saddle blanket to create a winning impression.

Show styles in 2014 are elaborate, graphic, and look great from a distance in the show ring. “Trinity” black and silver blouse from Hobby Horse has strong vertical lines to slenderize and plenty of shine to bring sparkle to your show wardrobe.

Beautifully tailored turqua “Dreamcatcher” Suit from Hobby Horse’s Carousel Collection is attractive with any horse. Showmanship suits should fit like a glove and showcase your smooth handling skills.


Annual Fashion Feat ure Tailored western vests are comfortable, slenderizing, and cooler than jackets. Expect to see vests like Hobby Horse’s lacy “Lucy” layered over simple cotton blouses and stretch technical tops, as shown here.

Color-coordination of horse and rider create the impression of a winning team. Here, “Aura” from Hobby Horse in glittering soft gold pairs with vanilla chaps and a palomino horse for a striking presentation.

Show men continue to present their horses in traditional attire of fitted, starched shirts, unembellished chaps, and carefully creased hats. Pair a colorful scarf or shirt with the same color in his saddle blanket, and a western gentleman is nicely turned out for any show event. Saddles continue to be about bling and comfort, and sometimes, about color. Riders are realizing that darker tack highlights gleaming silver more than neutral leather does, but you’ll still see more pale saddles in the arena. Headstalls and halters are, more and more often, custom made to create ‘heirloom horse jewelry’ that stands out from more ordinary equipment.

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Study online catalogs and horse magazines for images of winning western ensembles, then plan ahead to create your own trendy but tasteful show outfits, and you and your horse will be ready to win in 2014. (c) 2014 Suzanne Vlietstra. Suzanne Vlietstra. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company ( a show apparel manufacturer, and also owns a 50-horse boarding stable.


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Cowboy Poetry I’ve Got Hay in My Hair & Oats in My Pocket By Rena McNut (AKA, Rena Baker) I’ve got hay in my hair, and oats in my pocket. This ranch life is for me, there’s no way to knock it. So much work to be done, gotta get up early; and that Barn Smell is, my aromatherapy. Love my four legged friends, they listen to my gripes. It’s easy to fall for, those strong and silent types. No matter what happens, no matter where you roam, at the end of the day, they will always lead you home.

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The Gold Rush Trail By Mark McMillan It was only a trail but it made BC the rumour of gold to be got for free. From San Francisco to Victoria in spring of ‘58 some 30,000 miners arrived at a steady rate. Then up the Fraser on a paddle wheel ship through the canyon, for some, the end of the trip. Only 5000 made it, these were the hard core men they all worked and fought but not many would win. There was over 25,000 went home in defeat but a man named Barker struck gold at 52 feet. In 1861 the wagon road began, in Lillooet then to Barkerville in ‘65 the stage could get. Over 100,000 miles, 1500 people and 4 million in gold the stage line had carried when only one year old. To feed all these hungry miners with all their gold came the cowboy and cattlemen with beef to be sold. Today we’ve the history for no miners did stay but cowboys and cattlemen are still here today!

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Cariboo Chatter By Mark McMillan Festival photos by Donna Smith and Jerry Stainer


t’s been a hectic couple of months, you know, with sitting on the beach and all... just kidding, hectic with getting everything ready for the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, especially after the awesome break while we were on the Spirit of the West Cruise! Hard to get into the swing of things again. Speaking of which - next year it’s New Zealand and Australia for their 14th Annual Cruise. Wow! Speaking of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, it was great. The entertainment was superb; it hosted a great trade show and art show and, all in all, everyone went home happy after a wonderful weekend! We were very privileged to once again have the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, there to open the Friday evening main feature show and help with the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. The Mayor of Kamloops, the BC Minister of Transportation, and the area Member of Parliament were all there at different times to open shows - great to see some recognition from government. The Art of the West Show and Sale presented ribbons for photography to: Glen McBride (BC) 3rd place, Barb Wheatley (BC) runner up, and Brett Erickson (Nevada) best of show; for sculpture: Reg Parsons (BC) 3rd place, Ron Pearce (ON) runner up, and Reg Parsons best in show; for flat work: Randi Evans (BC) 3rd place, Sue Hollis (Texas) runner up, and Harold Allanson (BC) best in show. Harold also received the People’s Choice Award. It was really nice to see that entries had come from so many different places. Five $500 scholarships were announced - the three BCCHS Scholarships went to Brittany Zettergreen (Kamloops) for a pencil drawing, Kate Barnett (150 Mile) for a short story, and Kevin Gourlay (Parksville) for a pair of chaps in the cowboy craft section. The two

Traudl Marten presents Dave Longworth with the plaque for the Joe Marten Award

Mike Puhallo Memorial Scholarships went to YuJin Song (Abbotsford) and Robert Lalonde (Penticton). Three cowboys were inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame; the Steffens Family - Jim Steffens was present to receive the plaque, the Fox Ranch - Bud Fox accepted the plaque, and Val Haynes - grandson George Thompson received the plaque. The recipient of the Joe Marten Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC was kept a secret until the main feature show Saturday night at the Festival. It was when the evening show MC, Dave Longworth, looked up at the first slide in the presentation (a photo of a young male with long curly hair) that he realized that he was to receive the award. Everyone leaving the Festival commented on how much they had enjoyed it, and left saying “see you next year!” On March 1, Kathy and I made the drive to Hope to take in a day of learning and discussion about the Mountain Trail Horse “Judge’s Handbook.” Laurie Thompson of Twisted Terrain Horse Park graciously hosted the day which was basically for discussing what the judge’s rules/standards/criteria should be when judging a mountain trail course “challenge.” It was a fun and interesting day. You can read the whole story on pages 26-27. Coming up in the Cariboo: The Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo will be held on April 1820. It’s the first BCRA Rodeo of the year and the place to be for the second 2014 BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This will take place during intermission, on the Sunday. To be inducted are:

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Cariboo Chatter, cont’d WHAT’S THIS? Readers do you know what this is? The correct answer will be printed in the next issue.

What’s your guess? Grandchildren accepted the plaque when Val Hanyes was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame

Clarence Bryson (Ranching Pioneer), The Telford Family (as a Family), and Clarence Petal (Working Cowboy and Competitive Achievements). Huber Farms will once again host the “BS and Drive Weekend” on May 16-19 at their farm in 70 Mile House. For more information, phone Ken Huber at 250-456-6050 or send email to The 100 Mile House Rodeo is May 18-19. Admission will once again be $10 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors, and 6 and under get in free. Stock Contractors are C+ Rodeos of 150 Mile and Diamond D Rodeo Bulls of 100 Mile. The announcer will be Keith Dinwoodie and the Bull fighters will be Earl Call and Dave Atkinson; it will be a 1pm start on both days. There will be a new addition to the event this year, too, as they have added a tradeshow to be held in the Agriplex. Two days later, on May 21, we’ll head off to Creston, where the Creston Valley Beef Growers Association will host the 86th Annual BC Cattlemen’s Convention and AGM on May 22-24. It’ll be a busy weekend as we’ll be looking after sound for the event and Red and Helen Allan will be looking after the BC Cowboy Heritage Society booth. The same weekend, the Clinton May Ball Rodeo will take place on May 24-25. The two Gymkhanas that I know about are the Watch Lake/Green Lake

The Steffens Family was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame as a family

Gymkhanas. The first is Saturday, July 12, and the second is Saturday, August 9. On July 18-20, the Cariboo Trails CDE will take place at Huber Farm in 70 Mile House. This driving event is a BC favourite with a cone course, dressage course and hazards course. For more information, phone Ken Huber at 250-456-6050 or send email to If you have any Cariboo Chatter that you would like included please email Mark at and put “Cariboo Chatter” in the subject line.

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The March issue’s item was one from our own Meadow Springs Museum. It’s called a Rolls Razor and is basically a razor and a sharpening case all in one. You remove the blade from its handle, put it in the sharpener, and roll it back and forth to sharpen it. Either side could be removed from the box and the inside of the lids had different grades of sharpening surface - one coarse and one fine. Congratulations to the following people who had the right answer: Bill Frohlick, Armstrong, BC Doug Halliday, Knutsford, BC Ray Cody, Abbotsford, BC Hugh Ashwell, Edson AB Paul Jolliffe, Gibsons BC • 39

TIDBITS Stampede Warrior sets a new Record The Calgary Stampede’s star horses are stamping out their brand all over Texas this season, and none more so than Stampede Warrior. After a string of winning rides already, Stampede Cody DeMoss’ winning ride atop Stampede Warrior. Photo courtesy of Calgary Stampede. Warrior set a new arena record of an astounding 94 points at Rodeo Houston on March 15th. Paired with veteran saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss of Louisiana, Stampede Warrior kicked out a fierce and powerful performance with her signature change-up moves. This sharp mare knows how to put on a show, and her kicks and performances grow stronger and stronger with each time out of the chutes since swapping from the bareback to the saddle bronc event this season. DeMoss was up to the challenge, meeting her moves with

expert form. Together, the pairing scored an unbelievable 94 points, shattering the previous Houston arena record believed to be 91. “It was absolutely a career highlight. Every guy wants a score like this, but it’s not often you would ever see one in your lifetime, let alone score it yourself,” notes DeMoss, who was the 2008 Calgary Stampede Champion and placed a close second during the Stampede’s 2012 Centennial year. Such a score is incredibly rare in rodeo. For example, the highest score ever recorded in a Canadian pro rodeo was 95 points in a pairing by Stampede Warrior’s sire, the legendary Grated Coconut, with Canadian bareback rider Davey Shields Jr. during the 2005 Calgary Stampede.

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TIDBITS, cont’d Summer Camp at B’N’R Stables. These camps provide children the opportunity to ride and interact with horses which is proven to develop self-esteem, build self-confidence, improve leadership skills as well as interpersonal and problem solving skills, with a strong focus on safety and responsibility. It is sure to create experiences and memories to last a lifetime! B’N’R Stables is hosting their annual Wild West Day on Victoria Day, May 19th in Support of Big Brothers Big Sisters South Niagara. We welcome your support through participation, sponsorship and/or donations for this event. We hope to provide this unique opportunity for as many children as possible in 2014. Each $400 raised will allow a child to attend a week of camp and transportation costs. Contact Dave Turmel at 905-931-6154,, or Brenda Langendoen at 905-688-9290, or visit www.bnrstables. com

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…A treasure chest of memories. We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share hare yo your photos and memories with th us us. This is not a contest – itt is your mo moment m to share with our readers anything from days gone by. Nancy Roman 1970 The older o the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you. All our pleasure horses did multiple tasks - riding, wagon, sleigh, you name it. We were part of the community, did parades, 4-H, competitions, endurance, etc. We started out with no trailer to haul with, so if you wanted to go somewhere locally to compete, I usually hitched the driving wagon, threw the saddle in it, and drove to a family friend’s place close to the competition grounds.  I remember one time, after we bought a single horse trailer, my brother and I were participating in a Christmas parade. It was either snowing or raining that day. My brother being younger was the first to be hauled home with his horse. And rather than waiting for the trailer to return I started riding towards home (about 15 kms). By the time they got back for me, I had ridden over halfway, soaked, cold and tired. (These photos are from 1980-1982)

The bay is an Arabian gelding named Ali Raffe (likely around 4 yrs old), that was the first horse I bought. Purchased as a weanling (mom’s idea) and raised, broke to ride and drive. Pictured is me (as a teenager) with my first cousin waiting for a class to begin. The picture was taken at the Dundas Plowing Match (in PEI) where we competed in everything we could - Halter, Western Pleasure, Games, and the Driving Class. (Funny how I see a resemblance between my first Arabian gelding and the mare I currently have) The grey is a Quarter Horse gelding named Smokey Mojo (approximately 6-8 yrs old here). I purchased Smokey when my Arabian needed time off to heal from an injury. One photo is of me and my brother (behind) getting a ribbon from one of the Game Classes, likely the “Pick Up Man,” where you had to pick up another person and race to the finish line.  The other photo is Smokey Mojo decked out in harness.  These are some of the fond memories I have of growing up with horses. - Lynn Higginbotham, Blind Bay (Shuswap) BC

DO YOU HAVE A STORY FOR US? Send Saddle Up one to two photos and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature… so start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information. 42 • Saddle Up • April 2014


The Grounded Rider: Embracing Science By Hazel Plumbley Photo courtesy of Brent Styra

The snow is melting; the arena footing is almost thawed. If I can just find my horse under all that hair, the riding season can begin again.


’m developing a method for wielding two shedding blades at once like Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands and hope to be in the saddle shortly. Until then, I’m still reading about riding and as a result, I’ve learned to love science. It’s a renewed affair. In high school, I cultivated a tragic poet persona, so it wasn’t wise to show a flair for physics. That wasn’t hard – I sucked at physics, but I secretly loved biology. Post-secondarily, I migrated to administrative and business studies because some brave soul hired me for that type of work, and I found myself woefully ill-equipped for the job. When I brought my first horse home, a vet tactfully suggested I needed to know more about my equine partner. I groped around for something other than folklore and discovered equine science. Someday, I’ll have to undergo therapy to understand why I never enrolled in a course of study before I needed the knowledge. Nonetheless, where horses were concerned, science was suddenly a new best friend that equipped me to provide horse keeping services to my other new best friend. Lately, I’ve ramped up that obsession with science because I stumbled across a new branch; equitation science. It’s a practical obsession when it comes right down to it, because it simplifies the riding relationship for both the horse and his passenger. It’s like couples counselling for the horse and rider. Dr. Andrew McLean, one of equitation science’s leading clinicians and himself a gifted rider, describes giving the horse seat, leg and hand aids in riding as “like having a conversation, yet no human language ever piles two words up on top of one another! It’s always a flow… it can be a quick flow, but aids are the same,” he notes. “Words are incomprehensible if they are spouted out at the same moment, and the same is HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

true for the aids.” I find his words reassuring. When I read about the simultaneous application of seat, legs and hands, my body gets lost at “seat.” Then there’s my “handedness” challenge related to differentiating between right and left reins in less than 10 strides. Add the concept that the outside aids are based on the direction in which the horse is bent and have nothing to do with where my husband put the arena fence and I’m ready to call it a day. When riding aids begin to sound like rocket science to me, I end up back in the remedial class. Imagine my dismay when I heard jumper clinician, Joe Fargis, repeatedly say at the Mane Event in Chilliwack last fall, “Don’t ride faster than you can think.” I figured I was relegated to the halt forever. But Dr. McLean says, “The walk is the place to start. With fewer beats per minute, you are teaching (the horse) in slow motion and then you move up to the faster gaits. It’s definitely possible to get horses to the highest level of training in

Hazel and her 24-year-old mare “Music” sprucing up for riding season.

the world by just turning your aids into a flow like a symphony, but where there are just single notes.” That description sure appeals to my latent poet persona. I can almost envision myself at a working trot by summer, if this moulting season ever ends. Hazel Plumbley is a late-blooming boomer who has spent her first half century on the ground, being responsible and studious. She is committed to spending her next half century on a horse, taking herself far less seriously. • 43

What’s In a Name? By Valerie Barry, KPA-CTP and Lisa Kerley, KPA-CTP One of the very basic foundation skills your dog should know is how to respond to his name. This may not be as simple as it sounds. It’s important, obviously, that your dog knows what his name is – but why?


or us, our name becomes part of our identity. If someone doesn’t speak to us using our name, we feel that the interaction is somehow less than friendly or less personal. We give dogs their names for much the same reason – it’s a reflection of how we think of them, of their identity – at least in our mind. For our dog who doesn’t speak our language, their name is really just a cue they’ve learned. Unfortunately, the meaning of the cue seems varied and often not entirely clear to our dogs. The use of our dog’s name can be very confusing – sometimes we say his name in a loving way, sometimes we say it in an angry way (“Rover – Off !”), and sometimes it’s used as a recall. So what should it mean? In our classes, we teach that the name is a way to get your dog’s attention. The dog’s response is an orientation towards the handler - turning his head or his body toward you. Using it should be like an alert to your dog – asking for his attention and that something else is forthcoming. The name is followed with some direction: “Rover – stay, sit, come;” or maybe a question: “Rover – do you want to go for a walk?” Your dog’s name can also be used as a way to teach and elicit socially-proper behaviour and to check that he is still focused on you. Using your dog’s name for the purpose of getting his attention can be an important part of the skill of polite leash walking. When we’re walking our dogs on leash, we need them to be thinking and mentally present with us – to be able 44 • Saddle Up • April 2014

to listen and take direction. If they aren’t “with us,” then they are simply towing us behind them making their own decisions and not responding when we need them to. On a leash walk, turning toward you when your dog hears his name serves two very important purposes: it lets you know that your dog is still thinking and mentally with you, and it helps your dog mimic an important social skill when approaching other dogs – “don’t stare.” If your dog is responding properly to his name, he is removing his gaze from any approaching dog; this is polite and will help defuse any potential reactive display. Using our dog’s name as a recall isn’t a good choice – you don’t always want your dog to come to you when he hears his name, do you? Think about it – you catch your dog rolling in a mud puddle and exclaim in horror – “Rover!” The last thing you want now is your dog barrelling over to you at top speed in all his muddy glory! To help your dog continue to respond to his name and give attention, it’s important to consistently follow it with some positive feedback, even if that’s just a loving look or to say, “You’re such a good boy.” Leaving them hanging after saying it or using it in an angry or frustrated way will make your dog less likely to respond to it in the future. If you don’t think you can be consistent, you can create a nickname for this purpose instead. Here’s a simple exercise - The Name Game. The object of this simple game is to teach your dog to re-orient his attention

Using his name helps this young dog be more socially appropriate and not stare.

This dog responds to her name even around big distractions.

toward you when you call his name. A lot of dogs are inclined to come toward you when they hear their name, so our focus is to try and be clear about that not being part of the criteria. HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Use your dog’s name or choose a nickname that you will be able to use consistently when you want his attention. Have a supply of tiny, tasty treats handy and a clicker or use a verbal marker. • Start with your dog close to you, so that moving to come closer won’t seem necessary to your dog. • Give your dog a cue to let him know you are about to start working together, like “Ready?” • Say your dog’s name or nickname; click or mark when he looks at you and give him a treat. Repeat this several times. • Next, drop one of his reward treats on the ground so he looks away to pick it up. • Say his name as he’s eating his treat, mark as soon as he looks at you and toss another treat on the ground at his feet. Repeat this several times. • Now begin to toss the treats a bit further away. • nsure that when you call his name, you mark as soon as his head swivels toward you but before he potentially begins to move toward you. Toss the treat so he doesn’t have to approach you to get it. • When you are ready to end the session, let your dog know you’re done working - “All done.”

So, next time you’re about to use your dog’s name, think about this - what response do you expect when you call his name? Is your expectation always the same? If not, how will your dog know what the correct response is supposed to be? With some fun training exercises, you can unleash the potential in your dog’s name! Lisa and Valerie are professional dog behaviourists and trainers with a combined 30 years of experience. With a focus on creating confident, happy and well-balanced dogs using force-free methods, they hold hipPUPS, babyBRATS and Partnership classes. They also offer private programs and behavioural sessions to cater to the specifics needs of any dog. They are Certified Training Partners of the Karen Pryor Academy and members of The Pet Professional Guild.

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2013 HCBC Awards Gala Photos by Totem Photographics


he Horse Council BC Awards Gala was held on March 8, 2014, to celebrate the athletes, coaches, horses, volunteers and all-around amazing people who stood out in 2013. The HCBC Awards Gala took place during the 2014 BC Equine Education Summit and was enthusiastically supported by the conference attendees. Many of the Awards Gala guests came just to celebrate at the Awards Gala and to get a chance to meet and mingle with the nominees, speakers from the Summit earlier in the day, and other guests. QMFM Radio Announcer, Crystal Darche, was the host for this year’s big Gala and was an absolute star. She was the perfect host for the evening, adding an element of humour and lightness to the whole event. The HCBC Awards Gala would not have been the same without her. Steve Charles from Totem Photographics was the photographer for the evening and everyone had a great time posing in front of the logo banner and the “paparazzi” to get their photos taken! The Youth High School Recognition Achievement Award was presented to Emily Lim, Courtney Palleson, Natasha Grapes, Kathleen Penner, Lindsay Stuart, Roechelle Hrehorka, Rebecca Alves, and Natalie Alves. The Alf Fletcher Youth Sportsmanship Award was presented to five dedicated riders for their exemplary show of sportsmanship at competitions throughout the year. These riders were Winter Koyote, Sage Loeppky, Emily Winkel, Mackenzie Nelson, and Hannah Beaulieu. The Best Competition of 2013 went to the Mountain Magic Endurance Ride CEI 1*. Th is was a full day of competition which included Limited Distance, Open 50 mile and FEI. Competitors came from all over British Columbia, including Vancouver Island. Th is ride increased the level of competition in BC and brought new enthusiasm for international competition to Endurance. The Bob James Volunteer of the Year Award went to Deb Oakman, an extraordinary volunteer with the Back Country Horsemen of BC, North Vancouver Island Chapter. Deb was pivotal in getting Vancouver Island’s first equine campsites built and in having a 40km trail designated to be protected for all recreational users. Coach of the Year was awarded to Brent and Laura Balisky. They are a remarkable team of coaches from the Lower Mainland. In 2013, not only did they successfully complete their High Performance Coach certification with Equine Canada, two of only three coaches in Canada to have achieved this level, but they also had a fantastic year of showing with their students. Athlete of the Year went to Brian Morton. Brian was named Top Canadian Rider at the Spruce Meadows Masters in 2014 along with successfully competing and winning in hunter jumper shows across North America. The Horse Industry Professional of the Year went to Jack Polo, General Manager of the Maple Ridge Equi-


Back Country Horsemen member, Deb Oakman, wins the Bob James Volunteer of the Year Award

Bill Archibald presents the first Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award to Pam Arthur.

Sports Centre. Jack is known and highly respected for his generosity and ‘can-do’ attitude. He is always willing to work with clubs and riders to make their experience at MREC the best it can be. The Horse of the Year Award – Non Competitive went to How ‘Bout Jose, New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society’s mascot. Jose was a favourite on the racetrack and is now a favourite at Jack Polo of MREC, winner of the Horse New Stride. He helps new volunteers get Industry Professional of the Year Award, poses accustomed to working with horses and with his team. is the face of New Stride’s sponsorship program. The Horse of the Year Award – Competitive went to the BC born and bred warmblood, Lucky Boy. Lucky Boy is the mount of local rider Kaylie Martinoff and had a very successful competition career in 2013. The newly named Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award honours individuals who have made exceptional contributions to BC’s equestrian community. Th is year the Sherman Olson Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Pam Arthur. It is hard to find an avid equestrian in BC who does not mention Pam Arthur as one of their key influences and mentors as coach, official or trainer. The extensive list of her past students who have gone on to achieve successful coaching and New Stride’s How ‘Bout Jose Wins Horse of the Year in the riding careers is impressive and shows Pam’s positive Non-Competitive Category. committed influence. Canada’s Olympic Eventing Team Member, Hawley Bennett-Awad, had this to say: “Pam was instrumental in the success of taking “Hank” from a pony club mount to a four star event horse. She is the best, most knowledgeable HCBC office hours: Monday to Friday, horse person I have ever been around, and is the best teacher I have ever seen teach.” 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Congratulations to all the nominees Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, and winners for the 2013 HCBC Awards! Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 A big thank you to all of the sponsors and 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 attendees.

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My Life with Donkeys By Dylan Todd (age 8) (4-H speech)


onkeys have been part of my life since my grandparents moved to the acreage when I was two years old and now I’m eight years old. Grandma insisted on having a donkey – she had always wanted one. Donkeys and mules are often thought to be stubborn but I understand them to be friendly, calm, cautious and snugly. One of our first outings with the donkeys was at a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We took two donkeys to lead in the parade. We were so excited to show them off to everyone. Being springtime, there was still snow but parts of the street were black pavement. The donkeys loved all the people and marched right along as proud as could be until they came to the pavement. There, they stopped dead in their tracks. Grandpa tried to push them, Grandma tried pulling them and I tried calling them. No way were those donkeys going on that black stuff. Grandma said to Grandpa, “Let’s get them back in the trailer before all the snow melts. Coming home from that trip, we believed perhaps donkeys were stubborn! Sonney was the first equine I had ever ridden. She was so warm and fuzzy - I never wanted to stop hugging that fuzzy girl. Grandma took some training with Jerry Tindell, a donkey and mule trainer, He explained how these animals are not stubborn but they are extremely cautious. He summed up everything perfectly with the following quote. “It takes a donkey 60 minutes to watch 30 minutes of TV. But he will never forget the show.” After some training, we were excited to go to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade again. We had trained Sonney to drive so we took her and her cart and made it through the whole parade. No worries about the snow or pavement this year. Things went great - well, there was no way she was going to go over the manhole, but that cannot be considered stubborn - just cautious! Since we have developed a better understanding of donkeys, we have been able to take Sonney many places. She has been invited to go to: Spruce Meadows Market Mall - to The Not So Royal Wedding Mane Event in Red Deer Heritage Park Christmas Pageant, for 10 days at Christmas Calgary Stampede (my favourite) Sonney was first invited to attend the Stampede for three days. This was a very busy time. Up in the morning by 5:30am to make sure she is fed, groomed and her stall cleaned out. By 9:00am, people start arriving to visit Sonney in her stall and us at the booth. On a typical day, we did two demos where I got to ride with Grandma while she drove Sonney. Lots of people came to visit at the end of each demo and everyone wanted her picture. The second year we were invited, I was able to drive Sonney in the demos and the announcer named me as Alberta’s youngest Donkey Driver. Sonney never seems to tire of visiting with thousands of people coming by her stall and admiring her soft shiny coat. She always brings a smile to a visitor’s face. Also in 2013, Sonney auditioned and was commissioned to play the part of Locomotion in the movie, Klondike, which was on the Discovery Channel starting in January 2014. 48 • Saddle Up • April 2014

Grandma Alice and Dylan driving Sonney at home.

At the Calgary Stampede (l to r): Kora Todd, Dylan Todd and ‘’Grandma’’ Alice Todd, with Sonney the Donkey.

So, you can see we have come a long way since that very first St Patrick’s Day Parade. Without us learning about these amazing animals, we would still be pushing, shoving, pulling and calling to get our donkey to do what we wanted. There is so much more to learn, but it is nice to have come this far with the training we took the time to get. Each year, Grandma spends a week taking clinics with the donkey and mule trainer and I can’t wait until the day I am signed up to take some training with him as well. The trainer slogan is “Tindell’s Horse and Mule School - Humans, too.” Dylan is eight years old and lives in Nanton, AB. This is her third year in the Cleaver Kid Program of the High River Stetson’s 4 H Light Horse Club. She is very anxious to turn nine so that she can become a regular member. She loves to work with all of the animals at her grandparent’s place, which includes two donkeys, one mule and four horses. She belongs to a Gymkhana Club and also enjoys trail rides and jumping. This year she also joined the High River Pony Club.


Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Club By Ashley, Kathleen, Lauren and Paivi


his month was busy for the Hoofbeats as we had a lot going on between speeches, line dancing and Senior Sleepover. We had a lot of fun! At the club and district speeches in February there were a lot of different topics and they all had so many good Line dancing points. Some of the topics were April Fool’s Day jokes; What I like about going to the Little Britches Rodeo; Baby Names; Why we should wear helmets when we ride; Summary of my past 4-H years; and W(world)W(wide) O(opportunities) on O(organic)F(farms) = WWOOF. We also had a few pre-club kids do speeches as well. Thank you to our wonderful judges Kyra C, Amanda V, and Melody K. The Senior Sleepover took place at the Manteo Resort on March 7th. We slept over and ate a lot of junk food and had a blast! All of the 9 seniors were split into different cooking crew teams. Arlyn, Taylor and Ashley made eggs, sausage, bacon and fruit for breakfast. Collin and Mia were responsible for our needed junk food consumption which consisted of ice cream sundaes. Emily, Parker, Mel and Kathleen were dinner crew and served us Alfredo pasta and veggies. With everyone’s help we built teamwork skills and were able to have a fun memorable experience. After all was said and done, everyone had a great time and managed to refrain from pranking the early sleepers. We’ll all have fun stories to tell about 2014 Senior Sleepover thanks to Pam, Leah and Kyra. On March 10th we all got line dancing lessons with Emily Yallits at the Heritage Christian School. We learned three new line dances to help us at the Stock Show dance in July.

Group speeches

Seniors at the sleepover playing games

BC Interior Horse Rescue Update By Joey Tompkins


n just 3 months… lots has been happening. In January we hosted the “Hoedown for Rescues” at the OK Corral in Kelowna. There was great entertainment with Ben Klick and what a show he put on. Then we had the pleasure of having Casey and Roo from 100.7 radio station emcee. Not only were they engaging, they were also an amazing team and you could see how much fun they have doing what they do. With all the great door prizes, silent auction items from our donors, Westjet tickets, as well as our sponsors, we were able to raise over $9,600. Thank you to everyone who helped make our fundraiser a success from our board as well as our event lead Laura Cull. We would like to welcome Chelsey Miller as our new Volunteer Coordinator. In just a short time she has set up an amazing program for volunteers; helping with feeding, poop scooping and getting to know the horses, they are such an amazing group of dedicated people HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

who we cannot thank enough. In February we entered the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade. Our mascot, Cashew, was not able to be a part of the parade due to an eye infection, so we had her friends Ranger, Dolly, Sassy and Lucy (mini mule) all taking part to represent the Rescue. Not only did we dress up as “Super Heroes” (parade theme)… we also won the trophy and animal entry ribbon. It was so much fun and so exciting. Cannot wait till next year! Lastly, we have just returned from the Horseman’s Bazaar at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, where we were able to meet those that are supporters as well as followers. It is nice to be able to talk about our passion of making a difference in a horse’s life as well as helping find them amazing homes. If you are interested in being a part of our upcoming events please contact our volunteer coordinator Chelsey at volunteering@bcihrs. com.

Hope to see you out at one of our events. With spring in the air and horses losing their winter coats we will know that our adventures are only just beginning. ~ April 26-27 Spring Workbee (fencing, painting, and pen building) ~ May 3 Volunteer’s Clinic (safe handling and much more) ~ May 10 Timber Ridge Trail Ride in Lumby ~ May 24 Diamond H bottle drive • 49

BC Draft Under Saddle Club By Taylor Boyce


he BC Draft Under Saddle Club is a club for Draft Horse and Half Draft lovers who are proud to show off their horses, compete and teach the community all about our Draft breeds that we come by. We ride our Draft horses... and we love meeting others who do as well. Members of the BCDUSC have started the New Year off great! We always welcome new members and new events to the drawing board. • Anyone interested in joining our club or receiving our newsletter can check out the website for sign up, and don’t forget to Like the Facebook Group! • BCDUSC will be hosting the Maple Ridge Countryfest Open Heritage Show this summer - info coming soon!

• The New Wide-Ride program for “non-show riders” is also available for members to earn year-end prizes as well as show point collectors. • Mother’s Day fundraiser flowers will be available for order soon! Visit us and see more at http://bcdraftundersaddleclub. com

Reining in Williams Lake By Amber Nustad


ver the past two years, a group of dedicated reining enthusiasts have been bringing back reining to Williams Lake. It started with a clinic with Amie and Marcelo Cruz of Cruz Reining Horses two years ago. Following that clinic the Williams Lake Reiners Chapter was formed; consisting of members from the central interior of BC including Quesnel, Williams Lake, Big Lake, 150 Mile House, and as far west as Bella Coola and everywhere in between. We are an informal group of riders that get together whenever our busy schedules permit. We always welcome new members and encourage people, young and old, to explore the discipline of Reining as a learning aid or for competition. Williams Lake Reiners is a Chapter of Western Canadian Reining Association (WCRA). Since the club’s inception, we have organized many clinics in 2012

Tip of the Month! Courtesy of Lorraine Pelletier, EC Certified Western Coach SPORT SPECIFICS Western and English disciplines each have different opportunities to progress if one chooses a competitive career. The main Western disciplines, or sport specific choices are: General Performance, Speed Sports and Reining. These three groups don’t include Working Cow, Trail or Western Dressage. Other choices available include Driving and Vaulting. All these programs have one thing in common; they require a horse and rider that have successfully completed basic to advanced horsemanship and riding training.  In the Learn to Ride Western Program, there are four programs to accomplish: Rider 1, 2, 3 and 4. Once graduated from this nationally recognized program, you are ready to become ‘Sport Specific’. As mentioned in a previous article, elementary school is a prerequisite for high school, high school is a prerequisite for college and/or university.     Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program and the

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and 2013. We have three clinics planned so far in 2014 with Austin Seelhof on March 29-30; Kyle Weston on June 21-22 and October 4-5. To test our skills learned at the clinics we have continued from 2013 our Jackpot Schooling Show Series for 2014, ‘Slidin’ in the Puddle’. The show series is focused on encouraging all ages and skill levels of riders to come out and have fun. Four shows of the Show Series will be held at Eagleview Equestrian Centre in Williams Lake. The dates are June 8; July 6; August 24 (in conjunction with Eagleview Equestrian Centre’s Schooling Show); and September 28. For more information and to keep up-to-date with our group, follow us on Facebook WilliamsLakeReiners/

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For more information, contact EC Certified Western Coach & Professional Trainer, Lorraine Pelletier at the Help hotline: 250-9995090 or visit our web site Lorraine offers lessons and various clinics on location. At Tranquille Farms we also work with remedial, trauma rehabilitation and people, too. Starting all disciplines; using intrinsic training, establishing Confidence, Trust & Respect. (See Tranquille Farms’ listing in Business Services under TRAINERS)


Equine Canada Update Canada Dominates Florida’s Furusiyya FEI Nations’ Cup The Canadian show jumping team comprised of Yann Candele, Tiffany Foster, Eric Lamaze and Ian Millar dominated a starting field of 12 countries to win the $75,000 Furusiyya Nations’ Cup, presented by Photo by Cealy Tetley, G &C Farm, held February 28 at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Canada finished the two-round competition with a total of eight faults, followed by Great Britain in second with nine faults and the United States in third with 12 faults. The win marked the sixth victory for Canada since the inception of the Nations’ Cup in Wellington in 2002.

‘Royal Plans’ Announced for Jump Canada Championships & Finals Jump Canada is pleased to announce exciting plans for national series championships and finals in 2014. After sending out a call to competitions to host the 2014 Jump Canada national championships and finals, the following locations have been finalized. The renowned Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON has been chosen to host the Canadian Show Jumping Championships, the Jump Canada National Talent Squad Championships, and the Jump Canada Medal Final. Jump Canada is honoured to recognize its longstanding partnership with the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and looks forward to another exciting event in November 2014. Jump Canada has awarded the 2014 CET Medal Finals, to the Royal West, produced by Rocky Mountain Show Jumping. The Royal West horse show will be held this October at the Agrium Western Event Centre in Calgary, AB. The venue is currently being constructed with a completion date set for June, and will also be the new home of the Calgary Stampede. This highly-anticipated new competition was conceptualized and brought to fruition by CET veteran and Canadian Olympian, John Anderson, who also operates Calgary’s popular Rocky Mountain Show Jumping venue.


Canadian Para-Equestrian Team Photos by Lindsay McCall, U.S. Para-Equestrian Association The 2014 season has commenced in a winning way for the Canadian Para-Equestrian Team with great scores on the opening day of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CPEDI3* at the lovely Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, March Ashley Gowanlock and Collegiate 14-16, in Wellington, FL. Sweet Leilani The first day of competition resulted in victories in Grades Ib and II, and Canada is leading in the team competition at the FEI competition. On day 2 (March 15) riders continued to post top scores on their way to winning the overall Lauren Barwick and Ferdonia 2 team event. Using the combined scores from the Team Test, held March 14, and the Individual Test, on March 15, Canadians Robyn Andrews, Lauren Barwick, Ashley Gowanlock and Jody Schloss won the team competition with a total of 418.803%, while The Canadian Para-Equestrian Team, the host nation, United comprised of Ashley Gowanlock, States, finished second with Jody Schloss, chef d’équipe Elizabeth 410.536%. Quigg, Robyn Andrews and Lauren Barwick. On the final day of competition (March 16), the Canadian riders once again earned top scores. The top score of the day was awarded to Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, BC, who handily won the Grade II Freestyle, with 76.167%, riding her 15-year-old Oldenburg mare, Ferdonia 2. Riding M. Kendalyne Overway’s 13-year-old Morgan mare, Collegiate Sweet Leilani, Ashley Gowanlock, of Surrey, BC won the Grade Ib Freestyle. The pair, who had their international debut together at this FEI competition, earned a score of 71.417% for their first Freestyle, which was her second win at the competition. The next stop for the Canadian Para-Equestrian Team is a European tour which will start at CPEDI3* Deauville, FRA, April 4-6, 2014. • 51

Oliver Riding Club By Max Alexander


t our February meeting (meetings held on the third Thursday of each month) plans were developed for the season. This year we are encouraging all Club Members to volunteer to help with the running of at least one event. By doing this we hope everyone in the Club will participate in the programme for the benefit of other Members and to have their ideas included in the programme and in the events themselves. We were also briefed on the new set up that will be available at our Club Home at the D-K Ranch in Oliver. It is exciting that the enhanced facilities will include a new full size arena, additional parking for vehicles and of course the trailers that seem to be permanently attached to the back of our trucks wherever we go! Well done to the D-K Ranch - we are delighted that our relationship with Dawn and Ken MacRae is so strong; and that they are members of the Club as well as their wonderful children. We are making progress with encouraging younger people to join the Club and we encourage anyone in the Oliver area and surrounding district to come along and meet Club Members on a Wednesday evening and Sundays - our evening and day when we have full and exclusive use of the facilities at the D-K Ranch. As a great prelude to our meeting we invited Janette Lauritzen, as guest speaker, to give a presentation to the Club on

Arena Etiquette and Judging. A lot to cover in one evening but Janette did a most wonderful job. We all thoroughly enjoyed listening to her. She is one of the most qualified trainers and judges in Canada and we were very grateful to Janette for taking the time to join us and give such a clear, interesting and knowledgeable presentation. She was brilliant. We are also delighted that she is a member of the Club and Janette Lauritzen giving the ORC will be giving everyone the her presentation benefit of her expertise as she will be spending time at the D-K Ranch as part of the training programme. We encourage all our Members to regularly check the Club Website; and anyone interested in what we are planning or who wants to learn more about horses to visit the site and to come and join us. Happy Trails to all.

Kelowna Riding Club By Sarah Hayes


pring is in full swing at the Kelowna Riding Club! We have some social fundraising activities coming up, including a Pub Night at the Mission Taphouse for adults on April 5th, with a KRC Spring Fling youth evening the same night – so you adults can drop the kids at the Clubhouse for their evening and head out to the Pub for your evening! Calling all Members – come out for the Spring Cleanup on April 12 to help get the club ready for show season, from 9am – 3pm, to be followed by a BBQ. Get your volunteer hours done early and you won’t have to worry about it the rest of the season. Contact volunteer coordinator, Tracey Green at dandtgreen@ to confirm attendance. If you can’t make the cleanup day and are able to help at one of our events, please contact the event coordinator or volunteer coordinator. The Spring Classic Hunter/Jumper show is April 24-27. Come by for the Valley’s most exciting Hunter/Jumper show, sure to please. Entries have now closed however, post entries may be accepted depending on space availability, and spectators are always welcome! We are also pleased to be hosting a Doug Mills Training Thru Trust Horsemanship Clinic on May 2-4. This clinic 52 • Saddle Up • April 2014

is limited as to the number of participants accepted, so contact Sarah at to reserve your spot as it will fill fast. This is a non-discipline specific clinic, any type of horse and rider are welcome. Spectators are welcome and there will be an auditing fee in effect. The Spring Dressage Festival will be held May 17-18 with judges Lorraine MacDonald (FEI 4*) and Birgit Valkenborg (EC SN). Don’t forget we will be offering a Bronze level Dressage Equitation class for Training and First Level as well as a Drill Team class. Check the website for prize list or contact Cindy Foster at . Check out the web site for all our upcoming events www. . Stay safe and in the tack! HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club By Kristi Rensby


he TCSC in Burns Lake is off to a pretty fast start in 2014 considering that winter still reigns supreme in northern BC! The Annual General Meeting has been held and congratulations (and heartfelt thanks!) go out to our new Executive: Kristi Rensby (President), Stephannie Wall (Vice President), Liz Kemppainen (Secretary), Shari-Ann Decker (Treasurer), and Sharon Marr (Director at Large). The TCSC Cattle Sorting Round Robin event is being held on May 31 and is featuring $2500 in cash prizes to be won! There is a limit of 20 entries, and spots are filling fast! Contact Pam at 250-692-4182 for more information. If there is enough interest, we hope to also host cattle sorting practices as well throughout the summer. Our Spring Show is scheduled for June 14-15, and features a full slate of Western Performance (Deanna Reimer judging) and Reining classes (Danny Morrison judging) on the Saturday; as well as a complete host of English Classes finished with Hunters and Jumpers (judge TBA, course design by Karen Ritchey) on the Sunday. The posters are out and the show programs are almost ready for publishing. Contact is Kristi at 250-692-5721. The TCSC Pre-Show Clinic, slated for June 12-13 with clinician and Equine Level 2 Coach Pamela Morrison, fi lled up before we could even get the posters out!!! This 5 discipline clinic is going to be a huge hit, covering everything from Halter and Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Trail, and Reining, and is sure to get all participants ready to go for the show! Many thanks to Horse Council BC for their financial support of this valuable training session. We also plan to bring back the TCSC Riding Sessions this year. These informative sessions are FREE to members and low cost for non-members (just $10 per session!). Come out and ride with like-minded people and share training hints or just ride and have a visit and enjoy the experience of being at the grounds and exposing your horse to the sights and sounds away from home. We are hard at work on plans for improving the grounds, with our focus this year on Accessibility. We are hoping to increase spectator access with a viewing platform for those with mobility challenges, improve and expand the parking areas, and add a second set of bleachers. It’s a lot to take on but our members and our local community are getting behind this project which is great! Last year we added a cook shelter (which doubles as equipment storage in the winter) and a safe walkway for spectators around the arena among other projects. We’re getting there! Other upcoming events include the TCSC Annual Gymkhana (July 26), TCSC Youth Clinic (Aug 15-16), TCSC Fall Fair Light Horse Show (Sept 6), and the TCSC Annual Poker Ride (Sept 13). Be sure to mark your calendars for these fun and exciting events! More information to follow in subsequent issues of Saddle Up – thank you Nancy!! You can check us out on Facebook, pop onto the website (http://tcsaddleclub.webs. com), e-mail Kristi at or call 250-692-5721.

Ask Suzi! STUMPED STUDENT Dear Suzi: I’m competing at the Intercollegiate shows in Open Western Horsemanship (intercollegiate is all equitation-judged) and all I have to wear is my Western Pleasure outfit from the Arabian shows where I usually ride. The outfit is indigo blue with a slinky and a jacket that is a southwestern/navajo print. It’s gorgeous, but my worry is that I’m going to look like a total goober with these other girls that are in Quarter Horse-style slinkies with cuffs or horsemanship shirts. Do you think I will stand out too much because my outfit is a little different? - Pam Hi Pam: I understand your dilemma, and suggest you consider your judges: if you have hard-core AQHA type judges, you maybe should just wear the slinky if it looks smooth and flattering. But I am going to guess that you will have a mix of judges from different breeds, and also that they may be less ‘judgmental’ for IHSA. Your team coach can help you with this as well. I bet you won’t be the only one not wearing a horsemanship shirt, and if the jacket really fits and looks nice, then that’s the thing to do. And don’t get yourself into a frazzle about it either. I would suspect that there are enough levels of experience in an IHSA class that it is probably harder to judge than regular breed shows and that scoring can be all over the place. Sometimes students with a lot of other show experience think intercollegiate shows are easy, but IHSA is no walk in the park, so just do your best and enjoy the people aspects of the experience. There will always be more horse shows, but the team and human element are what makes IHSA events unique. Thanks for asking, trust your instinct, and have a wonderful time. - Suzi Vlietstra Have a question about horses? Ask Suzi! E-mail your request to and put “SADDLE UP Ask Suzi” in the Subject line. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company, a show apparel manufacturer, and also lives at her family’s 50-horse boarding stable.


Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association News VOLUNTEERS ARE THE BEST! by Daphne Davey


ational Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014) is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers. Wow! That’s a trillion volunteer hours. As a registered charity, CanTRA operates almost entirely on volunteers. Six of them - our Zone Representatives provide the important function of CanTRA liaison in every province. While they deserve recognition in their own right, they represent thousands of other therapeutic riding volunteers who help CanTRA and all its member centres across the country.

Zone 1 (BC, YU)

Zone 4 (ON) Sandra Evans has been Zone 1 Rep. since 2005. She is a CanTRA Coach and Examiner with over 35 years experience with horses. Therapeutic riding combines her love for horses and teaching with the world of disabilities. She strives to help each individual reach their full potential. Sandra currently also serves on the CanTRA board.

Nanci Picken is Zone 4 Rep. and CanTRA’s Education Coordinator. She is a CanTRA Instructor, Coach and Examiner, and an Equine Canada judge and steward. She is also a past CanTRA board member. She puts her life-long experience with horses to good use for CanTRA.

Zone 2 (AB, NT) Linda Rault has been Zone 2 Rep. for so many years that she cannot remember when she started. “I feel very fortunate to have met so many wonderful individuals and horses throughout the years,” she says. Linda is a CanTRA Instructor and currently the only CanTRA Coach and Examiner in Alberta.

Zone 5 (QC) Eliane Trempe is fluently bilingual, essential for Zone 5 Rep. covering the province of Québec. She is a CanTRA Instructor, runs a therapeutic riding centre, and has served since 2005 on the CanTRA board. In 2009, she hosted the first CanTRA Conference to be held in Québec. “Therapeutic riding is not only a job for me, it’s a way of life,” she says.

Zone 3 (SK, MB, NU) Catherine Sneath has been in the Zone 3 Rep. position since 2007. She is also a CanTRA Instructor and Equine Canada coach. Her therapeutic riding journey began in 2000 in Regina and, since retiring, she has continued to share her experience through mentoring trainee instructors and promoting CanTRA in her region.

Zone 6 (NB, NS, PE) Sallie Murphy has been Zone 6 Rep. for 15 years and loves it, seeing those in her region as a large family. She says, “Our relative isolation means we have to rely on each other to make things happen, and we try to share the workload.” Sallie is a CanTRA Intermediate Instructor and runs a therapeutic riding centre in Halifax, NS.

For more information on CanTRA and its member centres, visit or email Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at or

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Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Tasia Bronson


he AERC is gearing up for our first Schooling Show of the year on Sunday, April 13th! The show will be run in Ring 2 at the Armstrong fairgrounds and will have a similar set up as last year. Starting at 9 a.m., there will be Showmanship, English flat classes, a lunch break, followed by Trail, then Western flat classes and Gymkhana. Single memberships are $25 and families are $45, plus $15 for a whole day of showing! Please arrive early to register and bring proof of HCBC. To qualify for year-end rewards, members are expected to complete 10 hours of volunteer work. These can be obtained at meetings and shows, so please contact an AERC director if you are interested in giving a hand and they will assign a task and shift closer to the show! Hope to see everyone there!

Keep an eye on the website for more updates or e-mail questions to htm

News From Vernon Young Riders By Abby McLuskey, Club Reporter


e are well underway for our new year. We welcomed many new members to Vernon Young Riders and we are already getting geared up for Stock Show in July. We are looking forward to a fun and exciting year with an extra side of “SUPER”… on April 6th we have our “Wild & Wooley.” This will be the first time this year where we are out with our horses. We had participated in district bowling on January 19th

where everyone had fun. Coming up on May 3rd we are hosting a fundraising dinner and dance at O’Keefe Ranch and we invite everyone to join us. E-mail our club leader (Lorna) for information and tickets Hope to see lots of 4-H members out to celebrate “100 years of 4-H in BC” with us. We are looking forward to a fun year for all 4-H members.

Vernon District Riding Club By Calle Mirkowsky


pril is finally here and with it the 2014 riding season at the VDRC begins. We closed out the off season with another delightful Fashion Show organized by the talented Linda Parker-Fisk, with entertainment provided in part by local celebrity trainers/models! Kudos to the staff of the Vernon Golf and Country Club for presenting a delicious meal and top notch service during the evening. Be sure to check out the photos on our Facebook page of all the models looking fabulous in apparel supplied by Cowboys Choice, The Paddock, Diana’s Monogramming, Greenhawk Kelowna and Cruzwear, with natural beauty enhanced by Sara Vey Makeup! It’s always fun to see equestrians all dressed up, especially after having practiced their “strut” at Cheek2Cheek dance studio. Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraising event! Following close on the heels of the Fashion Show is our 2014 season opening on Sunday April 6th at 10 a.m. Join us at the club house to make light work of tidying and setting up for a great HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

year ahead. Fill in a few volunteer hours and stay to watch the Norah Ross Jumping Clinic. Speaking of Clinics, April 18-20 Carmie Flaherty will be teaching a Dressage Clinic, May 3-4 is Clear Round Jumping & Dressage Mini Clinics, and May 9-11 Sandra Sokoloski is back with another Physio Clinic. Further information and forms can be found on our website. The next VDRC Directors Meeting is April 14th. Once again we invite advocates of potential clinics and shows to contact us for information on how easy it is for any member to influence what events take place in 2014! • 55


Office Winter Hours: Monday to Thursdays 9:30 am – 5 pm 2014 BCRA Board of Directors President: Ty Lytton 250-396-7710 Vice Pres: Derek Mobbs 250-378-4082

British Columbia Rodeo Association 2014 Tentative Rodeo Schedule Dates Rodeo/Town April 5 (One Day Rodeo) True Grit Indoor, Barriere *NEW* April 18-20 24th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo April 26-27 Nechako Valley Indoor Rodeo, Vanderhoof May 10-11 Princeton Rodeo, Princeton May 18-19 Keremeos Elks Rodeo, Keremeos May 18-19 100 Mile House Rodeo May 24-25 Clinton May Ball Rodeo, Clinton May 31-Jun 1 67th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo, Kispiox June 14-15 53rd Ashcroft & District Stampede, Ashcroft **NEW** TRUE GRIT INDOOR RODEO, BARRIERE The BCRA will be starting the 2014 rodeo season with a new rodeo at the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere, BC. It will be a one-day rodeo, Saturday, April 5th with slack starting at 12 noon and the rodeo performance at 6pm. Looking forward to starting the 2014 season in the new North Thompson Agriplex. See our website for more info. 24th ANNUAL WILLIAMS LAKE INDOOR RODEO The Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo will be the main event in Williams Lake on April 18-20. Performance times will be Friday at 6pm and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. There will be the 8 major events with $1200 added prize money in each event along with the Junior Steer Riding, Junior Barrels & Breakaway at $500 added prize money and the Pee Wee Barrels at $300 added prize money. The popular Wild Horse Racing Event will also open up the rodeo. Admission prices are: $15.00 Adults / Seniors 60+ & Students 6-14 $8.00 / Children 5 & under Free. Barn Dance will be Saturday night with Lee Dinwoodie entertaining. Friday Night entertainment in the Budweiser Beer Gardens, dance to Rockin Chair free of charge. Make sure to come Sunday as the Inductees to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame will be introduced as well. More information at NECHAKO VALLEY INDOOR RODEO Next on the rodeo trail, will be the Nechako Valley Indoor Rodeo, held at the Nechako Valley Exhibition Grounds in Vanderhoof on April 26-27. Performance times are 1pm, Saturday and Sunday with a 9am slack on Sunday morning. They will start off the rodeo on Saturday with the Northern Country Girls Drill Team. Sunday will start with the Bits n Boots Club Riders. They will also host the 8 major events with $1000 added prize money. Along with the Junior Barrels, Steers, Breakaway Roping, Pole Bending $300 added prize money and the Pee Wee Barrel Racing at $150 added prize money. There will also be a Wild Pony Race and Mutton Busting. Dance will be in the mez. Arena Saturday night. Tickets sold in advance only $15. Admission to rodeo: $10 (13+) $15 56 • Saddle Up • April 2014

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THANK YOU TO OUR 2014 SPONSORS 2014 BCRA SADDLE SPONSORS: GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Williams Lake & Vanderhoof E-mail: Team Roping Season Leader JENNA WILLS MEM. FUND ~ Wills Family Junior Barrel Racing Season Leader ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING Kamloops, BC ~ 250-828-1946 Junior Breakaway Roping Season Leader 2014 BCRA FINALS BUCKLE SPONSORS: TWILIGHT RANCH - G & D Puhallo Saddle Bronc BCES – B. Swampy Breakaway Roping GRASSLAND EQUIPMENT LTD. Team Roping BAR E CONTRACTING – R & A Everett Pee Wee Barrel Racing GENE & JOY ALLEN Rookie Roughhorse Rider 2014 HORSE OF THE YEAR SPONSORS: PMG COMMUNICATION – P. Gerhardi Steer Wrestling Horse WHITE RANCHES – A. Everett Jr. Breakaway Horse 2014 CHILCOTIN SERIES SPONSORS: PMT Chartered Accountants WL District & Credit Union Walmart – Williams Lake Don & Nancy Macdonald


BC Paint Horse Club – Colour Your World – Ride a Paint By Cathy Glover President & APHA Director: Cathy Glover Vice President: Natalie Hall

BC Paint directors Kerry Sawyer and Colleen Schellenberg fielded many questions about Paints and the club at the QH Bazaar in Langley on March 16.

Ready. Set. Show!


eady. Set. Show! By the time you’re reading this, the

first APHA/BC Paint-approved show of the season will be just weeks away. The Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association will host their three-day/three-judge Spring “Fun” Circuit at Thunderbird, May 2-4. Friday is an APHA “Special Event” which means Paints won’t be showing halter (otherwise, we might be showing past midnight!) - but we will have all the popular performance classes: Hunter under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Trail and Showmanship in all the divisions, including Novice Youth and Amateur and Amateur Walk Trot under one judge. Saturday and Sunday is a full APHA (and AQHA) double-judged show. The awesome news is LMQ’s show committee has done a major renovation of their show fees. This year’s QH/Paint combined shows will offer an all-inclusive flat fee of just $400 – including stabling. That should amount to huge savings for exhibitors over previous years and we’re confident that making these shows more affordable will result in an overall increase in entries (and points!) and be the carrot our breed shows need to lure more horses into the show pen. And… they’re giving away a trip for two to Las Vegas to one lucky Paint exhibitor. (QH, too, but this is a Paint column!) All the information you need to know is available to download from our “APHA Shows” page on the website ( Don’t forget to join BC Paint and, if you’re showing a BC Bred or competing for NWCC year ends, send in your declarations before the show. You must be a current APHA member to show at APHA-approved shows (which this is) and if you’re riding novice, youth or amateur, you should order your 2014 cards now so you won’t have to pay rush charges at the entry office – especially since our dollar is no longer at par! Growth spurt Have you heard? We’ve bumped up the “Back-to-Basics” shows to a day and a half. Both the Okanagan and Coast shows will start at 4pm on Saturday with all the English classes (including APHA Jumping!), with the halter, showmanship and western classes on Sunday. The Okanagan show is not that far off. It is May 31/June 1 at Mackenzie Meadows in Pritchard, about halfway between Kamloops and Vernon. Last year’s show was very well attended and this year, we have an added incentive for those of you riding Paints born in BC. Our hosts, Thea, Al and Lyla Mackenzie, have offered up a generous sponsorship for the high point (and reserve) BC Bred at this show! (Think “bling!”) “We really need to support our BC breds and encourage more people to get out and show them,” says Thea Mackenzie, a former HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BC Paint president and stallion owner. The Mackenzie’s stallion, LP Sinfully Zipped, is one of several advertised in our 2014 version of Paint Connections (now available to download from the home page of the website). We have other great high points lined up for this show, too, thanks to our many sponsors like Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies, PrairieCoast Equipment, Hutton Performance Horses and the Horse Barn, and the points you earn at this show will be added to those at the Coast toward our Stampede Tack and Western Wear Super Horse Silver Buckle award. The arena at Mackenzie Meadows is a work of art (Al built it!), and we’re confident spreading the show over an extra half day will provide exhibitors (and their entourages) a more relaxing, less stressful show experience in an awesome park-like setting. Check out the program on the website and start goal-setting. This is one show you won’t want to miss (even if just to volunteer!) - and all for that awesome flat fee that won’t “break the bank.” New to breed shows? We built the B2B shows for you! Let us help! More award opportunities BC Paint’s Otter Co-op Free Trophy Program is also undergoing a growth spurt this season. Already we have signed up the Barriere District Riding Club, IPE (Armstrong), Mission Horse Club, Three-inOne Open Show (Smithers), the Bulkley Valley Fair Open Show (also in Smithers), 100 Mile District Outriders and South Central’s Fuzzy Horse Show on April 26 to receive awards to give to their high point Paint exhibitor. Check our website for dates and links and get out and support those shows. (It’s not too late for your club to apply for an award, too. The application is available on the “Free Trophy Program” page of the website.) We can make a difference APHA directors have voted in favour of our rule change recommendation that will allow APHA Amateur Walk/Trot exhibitors to compete on horses they don’t own, starting in 2015. It’s a complicated and lengthy process to change APHA rules and many don’t even get to the directors for consideration, so this was an honour for the club to have it approved. Be sure to check our website regularly for updates to show schedules and have a boo at our new edition of Paint Connections. We’re also on Facebook! • 57

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association Horseman’s Bazaar Well this is the Thank You issue. Putting on an event like this is a huge undertaking that wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for an incredible team, incredible sponsors, an incredible facility and, of course, all the amazing volunteers. Most of all, “Thank You” to those of you that have supported this event year after year by showing up and enjoying all of our hard work! I would like to highlight some contributors, starting with the 2014 Bazaar Team. What an amazing group you are! You have given so much of yourselves that it leaves me speechless. Thank you for always being a positive, dedicated group that I am honoured to be a part of. Thunderbird is an Driving demonstration amazing facility that goes above and beyond to help ensure the success of this event. Jane Tidball and Chris Pack, thank you for believing in this event and the importance of it in the equine community. Randy was the man of the hour and never rolled his eyes at all our crazy requests. (Well, not that I had seen!) Thunderbird has the Barb West best staff out there - thanks guys. The Bazaar sponsors that believe in this event are amazing pillars in our horse and pet community. Without their support, none of this would be possible. Please show them your appreciation whenever you get the chance: Stampede Tack, Petsmart, VP Embroidery by Design Graphix, Cummings Trailers, Saddle Up, Bernhausen Automotive Specialty, Chris Whitehead Realty, JRFM, Avenue Machinery, Preston Chevrolet, Sunrise Trailers/ Bathrooms and Gaitpost. A huge “Thank You” to all of our speakers, demos and clinicians; without you we would have no entertainment. Thank you for believing that it is important to give back to the community as a whole, and that together we have an amazing event that keeps running. Keep in mind Officers & Directors 2014

President: Lynda Harrison: Vice Pres: Flora Kippan: Treasurer: Pia Petersen: Secretary: Mellissa Buckley: AQHA Region One BC Rep: Haidee Landry, Website:

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folks, that we are just a local horse club that unites strictly as volunteers to put this day together year after year. If you would like to be a part of this fantastic event, please step up to the plate and join our team. I would give a shout out to Mother Nature but unfortunately she wasn’t cooperating this year. It was a very wet and yucky day out there and even though the weather was awful, there were still a lot of smiling faces. Especially when the rabbit agility was on! People sure like their critters. Thanks so much to Langley Riders for graciously donating the use of their poles and thanks to Jeneane Evans for the use of her barrels for our demo with Barb West. Tina of Tina’s Catering did an amazing job of feeding the masses on move-in day - so many complements. Glenn Massey as the “voice” of LMQHA was wonderful and he had a great time giving out impromptu door prizes throughout the day. (See more photos on page 31) Schooling Show This show is being held Saturday, April 5, at Petsmart arena demonstration Thunderbird Show Park. This show is open to ALL BREEDS! There are cool prizes planned for high points; it should be a fun day. Visit the LMQHA page of the BCQHA website for more information. Spring Circuit, May 2-4 The theme for this show is FUN! This is where you Vaulting can win a trip to VEGAS just for showing in a class! There is a draw for AQHA entries and a draw for APHA entries. High point awards are leather branded barstools for AQHA and APHA competitors, and for AQHA Halter high points and All Breed we have LMQHA branded padfolios. Twisted Terrain Extreme Trail Reserves are AQHA special awards. Also, join our FREE Team Tournament! All you need to do is sign up and show as you normally would (and join in our popular “Funturities” which are also free). The prizes are custom embroidered coolers sponsored by Coast Country Tack, and Reserves are blanket bags and halters. Take advantage of our NEW flat rates for you “all-arounders” or just come and pay per class otherwise. Something for everyone!


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Story By Scott Walker, Okanagan Chapter

BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE President: Ybo Plante, - 250-743-3356 Vice President: John King, - 250-338-6789 Vice President: Mary Huntington, - 604-988-8442 Vice President: Karen Tanchak, - 250-832-1596 Secretary: Catherine Davidson, - 250-337-4085 Treasurer & HCBC Director: Sharon Pickthorne, - 250-337-1818 Past President: Jonathan Driesen, - 604 864-0730


ave you ever considered “packing” into the back country to truly get away from it all? To really experience the beauty of this province, from the back of a horse? Although packing is not for everyone, I cannot overstate the fantastic experiences I have had the pleasure of participating in over the past number of years on many such adventures. The ability to travel far into the back country with your horse without a need to return daily back to home, to the barn, the truck and trailer or wherever you started from, offers you the opportunity of seeing the country like most can only imagine. I have always admired the mountain tops just south of Coquihalla Lakes off Hwy 5. After checking it out via “Google Earth” and area topographic maps, I determined this was to be my solo trip destination. Putting in a few essentials, food, clothing and some basic gear, the pack boxes were loaded and I was ready for the horses. Ticket, then a thirteen-year-old Quarter Horse and Mack, my trusty Standardbred pack horse (exact age unknown) were loaded into the trailer. After ensuring my wife knew where I was heading and planning to ride, I gave clear instructions that if I was not back in four days, to send the cavalry - Ray, Ed, Doug and Malcolm! These are all fellow packers with whom I have enjoyed and shared a good many miles of riding in the high country. Reaching the trailhead at approximately 8km on the Tulameen Forest Service road late, I made camp and planned to head out first thing in the morning. Up bright and early with good weather (early August) I had about 2km of rougher road to ride, then onto the trail. Once into the higher elevations, the wild flowers were amazing; I truly wished my wife was along. Carrying on towards what I could see was good open country, near the top, I planned to break for lunch and make camp if the site was good. Well it was, with good water close by and lots of grass for the boys. From this base, I explored for the next couple of days the beautiful area from Bedpost Peak to Spiral Peak and on to Illal Mountain. Looking south to Jim Kelly Peak and then up to the highest, Coquihalla Mountain, all provided amazing sights. It was an interesting area as I was right on the edge between two very distinct mountain ranges. Any view with a coastal direction of northwest to due south had spectacular mountain peaks, rugged and many with remaining snow patches. Turn around, looking north and clockwise to the south east were the softer, rounded mountain tops of the Okanagan. Such an incredible view. Taking my time, I explored little side trails or cross country, truly enjoying life in the saddle. All I can say is that, for me (and I am sure for many others who enjoy packing), it does not get much better than this!


If you have ever been interested in this activity, the Okanagan Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC is hosting Stan Walchuk, from Blue Creek Outfitters, for a TWO DAY PACKING CLINIC with some trail riding thrown in to bring it all together! The clinic will run May 17-18, 2014, at the Peachland Riding Club facility which has good camping areas, a clubhouse and BBQ area along with great trail access. Members may arrive Friday afternoon and depart Monday late afternoon if they wish to enjoy some of the local trails. Pre-registration and payment is required. Contact Rick Pohl at 250-768-1075 (email or Scott Walker at 250764-8555 (email for more information. The cost of the two-day clinic (no charge for camping) is $150 for BCHBC members, $200 for non-members. Auditors are welcome; cost to audit is $25/day, or $35 for both days, for BCHBC members, and $35 per day, or $50 for both days, for non-members. A potluck dinner and social is being planned. The two-day clinic will cover choosing the right trail horse, the well-rigged trail saddle and accessories, packing gear and packing systems, and hands-on knot tying - everyone will learn the quick release, bowline, inline bowline, and clove; demo and hands on for standard diamond, double diamond and basket hitch. The clinic will also cover trail safety, wrangling, using the riding saddle for packing, packing up, and camping on the trail. Whether you are already a back country packer, or just thinking of trying it, this is a great opportunity to join in the fun and educational experience this clinic will offer. • 59

Clubs & Associations 25 Years of Celebrating Long Ears members from across Canada and the US

Cheer for the Ears!




The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate

of the AQHA. Annual membership is free to current members of AQHA. To enroll on-line, visit the CQHA web site: and choose “Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: Haidee Landry, President 604-530-8051 or q @ 10/14

DELTA RIDING CLUB English, Western, Hunter & Dressage Shows for all skill sets. 604-910-9916, 5/14 ENDURANCE RIDERS ASSOCIATION OF BC Secretary: Lori Bewza, 250-679-8247 4/15 EQ TRAILS ASSOCIATION Advocates for Horses on Trails, Managers of Skimikin Campground. or 250-832-4943, 250-835-4496 7/14 EQUINE FOUNDATION OF CANADA Foundation for Health & Welfare of the Horse. & Facebook,

Alberta Trail Riding Association ATRA is a vibrant club for recreational riders and drivers of all ages and horse breeds. 9/14 ARMSTRONG/ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Tammy 250-832-3409 Fun Days, Shows, Clinics, 3/15


ASHCROFT RODEO, June 14-15, 2014 at 1 pm daily. Rodeo Dance June 14, 9 pm-1 am, featuring Ken McCoy Band, 4/15

Back Country Horsemen of B.C. BCHBC provides a social, safe learning atmosphere for all riders interested in trails and the back country. We strive to preserve trail access for all riders. For info: or



BARRIERE & DISTRICT RIDING CLUB, Katharine Ferguson, Events & more at 5/14 BC APPALOOSA OWNERS & BREEDERS, Promoting BC Bred Appaloosas. Find us on Facebook. 3/15 BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Betsy Nasmyth 250-352-2427 From Minis to Draft, 10/14 BC COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. 4/14 Pres: Tammy Mercer 250-335-3390, BC DRAFT UNDER SADDLE CLUB. Open to all Draft and Draft X. Pres: Dawn Germscheid 604-617-7354, 2/15 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. 250-546-6004 Arabian Encampment, Youth Club, Racing, Endurance, 4/15 BC INTERIOR HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY. Our mission is to rescue, protect, help and prevent the abuse of horses. Memberships/volunteers. 250-712-6200 11/14 BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB Sect’y: Debbi Miyashita 250-804-2928,, Meetings, Clinics, Trail Rides, Socials, 9/14 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB, APHA & All Breed Show Programs, Scholarship, Trail Riding & Free Award opportunities, 7/14 Zone hosted Schooling Shows, AQHA Sanctioned Shows, organized Trail Rides, Social activities, Clinics and Equine Trade Fairs. For more info visit Membership: Lynne Carter 604-880-6138,

INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 2/15 INLAND DRAFT & TEAMSTERS ASSOC. (Kamloops area) Pres: Dennis Ryan 250375-2425. Farming w/heavy horses. Spring Field Days, July Wagon Trek, Fall Harvest. 6/14 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 8/14 LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 4/15 LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Lynda Harrison,, 5/14

LOWER MAINLAND RANCH SORTING ASSOCIATION Monthly Jackpot Ranch Sorting Competitions 778-839-8051 Where riders of all levels with almost any horse can have fun! 4/14

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults with disabilities 2/15 OKANAGAN MINIATURE HORSE CLUB (Vernon) Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Inhand/Driving. Ally 250-542-6739, Join us on Facebook 3/15 OLIVER RIDING CLUB Pres.: Midge Corey 250-488-9729 midge.corey@gmail. com, Eng & West shows/events & Social Riding, 9/14 100 MILE & DISTRICT OUTRIDERS CLUB, President: Denise Little 3/15 Enhancing equine activities in the south Cariboo, PACIFIC ASSOC. OF THE ANDALUSIAN & LUSITANO HORSE (PAALH) www., Annual Nat. Show, Member Achievement Prog. & more, 250-992-1168 2/15 PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB Jesse Capp, 250-863-2160 Fun & Family oriented! See for activities 5/14 PENTICTON RIDING CLUB Shows, Clinics, Fun Days, Spirit of Life Ride,, Sherry 250-490-0397 5/14 PERUVIAN HORSE CLUB OF BC. Shows, Clinics, President: Don Noltner 250-835-8472, 2/15


BC RANCH CUTTING HORSE ASSOC. (Fraser Valley) Sally Rees 604-534-9449, 6/14 BC RODEO ASSOC., #5-150B Oliver St, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1L8 250-398-4104 Office,, 5/14 BC SPORTHORSE-SPORTPONY BREEDERS GROUP, Membership: Shelley Fraser 604-534-8782, Show Secretary: Ulli Dargel 604-421-6681, 7/14

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Clubs & Associations SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, 4/14 TOTEM SADDLE CLUB (Terrace BC) Secty: Marty Cox 250-633-2350, Shows, Clear Rounds, % Days, Gymkhanas, Clinics, 2/15 TWEEDSMUIR CAVALIERS SADDLE CLUB (Burns Lake) Gymkhanas, Shows, Kristi Rensby, Pres. 250-692-5721,, 7/14

VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB,, 250-540-7344 Shows, Clinics, Pony Club, Facility Rental. “Come Ride With Us!” 4/14 WESTERN CANADIAN REINING ASSOC. Isabella 250-397-3770, 3/14 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Sale, Field Day, Shows, Futurity, Clinics,, Barb Stephenson 403-933-5765 8/14

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CATTLE SORTING, 12 noon, Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Jeanette 250-577-3156 PARTNERSHIP – Parelli Level 1/2 w/Devanee Cardinal, Auburn, WA, or 250-968-4481 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Reno NV, Become A Horseman Colt Starting Symposium Dean Voigt 707-291-6428, ADIVA MURPHY HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC, Brooks AB, E-mail or FB,, MISSION HORSE CLUB Games Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC,, RANDY OPHUS CLINIC, Horsemanship & Mechanical Cow, Smithers BC, NORAH ROSS CLINIC, Vernon District Riding Club, Julia Bostock, or 250-308-7079 KAMLOOPS, BC, Extended 25 day Advanced Equine Massage Therapy Certification Course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, FRASER VALLEY REINING CLUB Schooling Show (9 am), Murray Creek Ranch, Langley BC (including new Ranch/Versatility Class), SPRING SPOTLIGHT AT OLD FRIENDS CANADA, Appleflats Farm & Stable, Lake Country BC, Helen 250-863-3381,, ADVANCING THE CONNECTION – Parelli Level 2/3 w/Devanee Cardinal, Auburn, WA, or 250-968-4481 EQUINE EMERGENCY & DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, Part 1, Lake Country BC, Lorraine Pelletier 250-766-1975, Code: 0414.107 KAMLOOPS HORSE SALE, BC Livestock, Kamloops BC, 250-573-3939, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, The Ranch, Kamloops/Pritchard, Ellen Hockley 250-577-3366, DIAMOND H TACK GARAGE SALE, Kelowna BC, 250-762-5631, KRC SPRING CLEANUP & BBQ 9am-3pm, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Tracey, EQUINE BEHAVIOUR & BODY LANGUAGE WORKSHOP P w/certified Chris Irwin trainer Birgit Stutz, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, IN HAND/GROUND DRIVING OBSTACLE, DRIVING CLINIC, Pritchard, ENDURANCE 101 CLINIC w/Terre O’Brennan, Maple Ridge BC, e-mail WARM UP JUMPER ROUNDS, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB Schooling Jumper Rounds, Island 22, Chilliwack BC, contact Janice ADVANCING PARTNERSHIP- Level 2 Parelli w/Devanee Cardinal, Bow, WA, or 250-968-4481 AERC Schooling Show, Armstrong Fairgrounds,


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MOUNTAIN TRAIL AT ITS BEST, Demos, Tack Sale, Select Horse Sale, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC, DRILL TEAM INTRODUCTION DAY, Blackpool BC,, DRESSAGE THROUGH THE JUDGES EYES, Demo clinic w/Isabel Reinertson, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya or 250-833-2669 DRESSAGE PERCENTAGE DAY, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Armstrong, Daina Hillson 250 379 2913, PHILIPPE KARL School of Legerete Teachers’ Course Clinic #10/10, ForTheHorse Centre, Chase BC, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Kelowna, Anne Smythe 250 860 2785, 4 SAVVY FOCUS, Level 3/4 Parelli w/Devanee Cardinal, Bow, WA, or 250-968-4481 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 2/3 Clinic, Smithers BC, Anika 250-846-5494 or, COLLEEN HAZELDINE CLINIC (Horsemanship, Trail, Obstacles) Brandt Ranch, Pritchard BC, Jeanette 250-577-3156 CARMIE FLAHERTY DRESSAGE CLINIC, Vernon District Riding Club, Kaila, or 250-503-8296, HORSE 3 EVENT, Keystone Centre, Brandon MB, Exhibits, Clinics, Trainers Challenge, Demos, ALL ABOUT PETS SHOW, Mississauga ON, MLM JUMP START HUNTER SHOW, Maple Leaf Meadows, Edmonton AB, 780-486-2099, KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Horse Show or Esther MacDonald 250-376-6096 FIELD DRIVING TRIAL LANGLEY, HORSE AGILITY CLINIC & SHOW, Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan,, FB, DRIVING CLINIC, Pritchard, RANDY OPHUS CLINIC, Horsemanship & Mechanical Cow, Burns Lake BC, DELTA RIDING CLUB DRESSAGE % SHOW, Delta BC, Sheila, sheila., KAMLOOPS, BC, Vertebral Realignment Course - Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, PARTNERSHIP – Parelli Level 1/2 w/Devanee Cardinal, Leavenworth, WA, or 250-968-4481 KRC SPRING CLASSIC HUNTER JUMPER SHOW, Kelowna BC, Lindsay or THE MANE EVENT, Westerner Park, Red Deer AB, DANA HOKANA CLINIC, at The Mane Event, Red Deer AB, CONNECTION FOR RIDING WORKSHOP w/Devanee Cardinal, Leavenworth, WA, or 250-968-4481

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KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Gymkhana or Lynnaea Rawlings 250-573-3569 VET DAY, 133 Brookfield Road, Clearwater BC,, MT. CHEAM PONY CLUB 2 Phase and XC Day, Island 22, Chilliwack BC, contact Janice NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 1 Clinic, Stonewall MB, Penny Coleman 250-467-8789, ROPING SCHOOL (Beginner), Longhorn Acres, Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494 or 250-307-3430, VINTAGE RIDERS WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC, Langley BC, E-mail or FB,, MISSION HORSE CLUB Eng/West Show (Heritage Qualifier), Mission BC,, ADVANCING THE CONNECTION – Level 2/3 Parelli w/Devanee Cardinal, Leavenworth, WA, or 250-968-4481 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, 2/3 Clinic, Stonewall MB, Penny Coleman 250-467-8789, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Victoria/Metchosin, Kristina Millar 250 589 5981,

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SPRING FLING Hack/Hunter/Jumper Show, Topline Show Park, Salmon Arm BC, Sonya Campbell 250-833-2669 or WEEKEND INTENSIVE DRIVING CLINIC (Beginner, Pleasure, CDE) with Judy Newbert, Alberta, Info at HORSEMANSHIP 101 CLINIC w/certified Chris Irwin trainer Birgit Stutz, Falling Star Ranch, Dunster BC, Birgit 250-968-6801, TACK SALE, Strawberry Moose, Clearwater BC,, SKIMIKIN TRAIL RIDE, 11 am ride out, Tappen BC, RANDY OPHUS PERFORMANCE HORSES Open House, Vanderhoof BC, VERNON BCRA/WIREA RODEO, Vernon BC, 250-542-4527, KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Clinic or Lynnaea Rawlings 250-573-3569 WILD & WOOLY HORSE SHOW, Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Rhonda MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Kelowna, Anne Smythe 250 860 2785, CHEESECAKE RIDE, Birch Island BC,, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Grand Forks, Robin Armstrong 250 443 4059 PARTNERSHIP – Level 1/2 Parelli, Cardinal Ranch, Valemount, BC, or 250-968-4481 LADYSMITH (V. Island), BC, Vertebral Realignment Course - Learn to adjust without mallets! Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, BS AND DRIVE, 70 Mile House, Ken Huber 250-456-6050, LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO, Outrider Grounds, 100 Mile House BC, Denise KRC SPRING DRESSAGE FESTIVAL, Kelowna Riding Club, Kelowna BC, Cindy or KATHY STANLEY Driving Clinic, Bulkley Valley Fair Grounds, Smithers, Leslie Flint, LMWSDA WESTERN DRESSAGE CLINIC w/Elaine Ward, Langley BC, FB, SCHOOL OF LEGERETE Open Clinic w/Isla Adderson, ForTheHorse Centre, Chase BC, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Nelson, Teresa Precious 250 229 4203, AERC Schooling Show, Armstrong Fairgrounds, ADVANCING PARTNERSHIP IN SADDLE – Level 2/3 Parelli w/Devanee Cardinal, Cardinal Ranch, Valemount, BC, or 250-968-4481 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Armstrong, Daina Hillson 250 379 2913, MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Summerland Meadow Valley, Denise Gorman 250 494 3447 NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Stage 1 Camp, Fort St. John BC, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB, Learn Equine Massage Therapy, 7 day certification course, Sidonia McIntyre, RMT, CEMT, CCF, NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, Foundation Horsemanship Course, Fort St. John BC, 1-877-728-8987, NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP w/Glenn Stewart, 12 Week Horseman’s Course, Fort St. John BC, The Horse Ranch 1-877-728-8987, HORSE AGILITY CLINIC & SHOW, W Delta BC, w/Adiva Murphy, Susan,, FB, MANURE COMPOSTING WORKSHOP, Lake Country BC, Lorraine Pelletier, 250-766-1975, Code: 0414.108 MARION WEISSKOPFF CLINIC, Summerland, Valerie Robertson 250 490-7661, KAMLOOPS BC, PTRC Gymkhana or Lynnaea Rawlings 250-573-3569 HORSEBACK ARCHERY CHALLENGE, Mount Currie BC, ROPING SCHOOL (Intermediate), Longhorn Acres, Armstrong BC, Doug Henry 250-546-6494 or 250-307-3430, MULTI LEVEL PARELLI CLINICS w/Devanee Cardinal, Edmonton, AB, or 250-968-4481 MORE DATES AT WWW.SADDLEUP.CA


Business Services ACCOMMODATIONS


ARMSTRONG INN (Armstrong BC) 1-866-546-3056, Full Facility, Restaurant, Pub, Liquor Store, minutes to Fairgrounds 8/14 BEST WESTERN BAKERVIEW INN (Abbotsford BC) 1-877-336-6156, 15 min To Heritage Park, Pool/Hot tub, Restaurant, 8/14

THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-838-2250, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 8/14 EQUINE HEALTH ECO NETS, Contain the Hay. Eliminate the Waste. Benefit the Horse and Owner 7/14 EQUINE WELLNESS & DIGESTIVE SUPPORT (Interior BC & online) 250.368.2002 Products and support for equine digestive health. 2/15

Ask for Chilliwack Heritage Park rate LSPECI East of Heritage Park at mall & restaurants

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PUREFORM EQUINE HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS by SciencePure Nutraceuticals, Toll Free: 1-877-533-9163 6/14

SANDMAN HOTEL LANGLEY, minutes to Thunderbird Show Park 1-604-888-7263,, 4/14 SCHUBERT ESTATE B&B (Armstrong BC) 250-546-2479 10/14 9.5 acre Country Estate, 3 Deluxe Rooms,

EQUINE SERVICES BAR NUNN THERAPY, Craig Nunn Certified Equine Sport Therapist 250-503-6735,,


Dynamic Balance Equestrian

For all your Farm and Small Business accounting needs

Patricia Patersonn

(serving southern B.C. and islands) CertiďŹ ed Equine Therapist: structural alignment & massage CHA Instructor and CertiďŹ ed Chris Irwin Silver Coach/Trainer All Disciplines â&#x20AC;&#x201C; All Breeds   sDYNAMICBALANCE HOTMAILCOM 4/15

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Offers Ready-to-Win western show apparel, tack, and accessories from authorized dealers and our website. 9/14

BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS DAVID BEERSTRA TRUCKING, (Okanagan) 250-549-0324 9/14 Horse Shavings, Hog Fuel & Bark Mulch BLANDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FARM SALES (North OK/Shuswap) 250-832-6615 or 250-833-2449 Compost Soil, Bark Mulch, Shavings, Straw, Pick Up or Delivery 8/14 WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-2600110. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch 5/14 WILLEMS FOREST PRODUCTS, 4289 Hwy 6, Lumby, BC, 250-547-2289 Bark Mulch, Shavings, Sawdust, Lumber, Beams, Firewood 12/14

FIRST AID COURSES are hands on with horses and cover: * Pain detection/prevention, *Lacerations/bandaging, *How to ďŹ&#x201A;ush foreign bodies out of eyes, * Hoof puncture wounds, thrush, etc., * Digestive emergencies - colic, collapse, choke, * Poison, stings & bites, * What your vet needs to know when you call with an emergency, * Pantry solutions... and more To register for a clinic or to host one: contact Cindy Houghton 403-936-0221 4/14

JEFFREY R. KELLY EQUINE SERVICES (Alberta) 403-993-0269 7/14 Equine Dentistry, Sheath Cleaning, Horsemanship DVDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. SHUKANAGAN EQUINE DENTISTRY SERVICE (Interior of BC) since 2000. Owned/Operated by Lennie Thurgood, DVM, 250-832-2084 6/14 THE PERFECT SADDLE FIT, 250-538-1868 Saddle fitting for most English saddles, Schleese & Zaldi Representative 7/14 FACILITY RENTALS

BOARDING/RETIREMENT (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Horse Heaven for final years. Rehab available. 9/14


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Business Services FENCING

FARM SUPPLIES Vibrating Post Pounding â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Excavating â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Renovations

Call Hans at 250-804 6662



DREAMSCAPE GUEST RANCH (Kamloops) 250-372-2928 and Bed & Bales. Bring your own Horse; a la carte packages. 9/14 WWW.GRAHAMDUNDENRANCH.COM (Green Lake BC) 250-395-0756 Recreation in the Saddle (your horse or ours). Miles of trails. 5/14

FARRIERS & SUPPLIES GUEST RANCHES ARK FARRIER SERVICE (N. OK/Shuswap) 250-379-2268 4/15 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Balanced Feet for a Balanced Horseâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;? Abby R. Koop, Farrier Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best source for Farrier Tools, Horseshoes and Hoofcare Supplies Distributor of Farriers Formula

WWW.MEADOWSPRINGS.COM (70 Mile House near Green Lake) 250-4562425 Rental cabins, working ranch, BYO horse - endless riding. 7/14 WWW.TYAXADVENTURES.COM (Goldbridge BC) 1-888-892-9288. We offer multi-day Packhorse Tours in the South Chilcotin Mountains. 5/14 HARNESS MANUFACTURING

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Order Line 1-800-367-0639 or 519-698-2754 Quality Canadian made Harness ~ Pioneer neer Dealer

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HEALTH PRODUCTS SCOTT LIVINGSTONE FARRIER SERVICE (North Okanagan) 2/15 250-550-7495 ~ Certified AFA Journeyman, 30 years experience

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ASHCROFT IRLY BLDG CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Coop Dealer and Pet Foods, 4/15 ABBOTSFORD 34633 Vye Rd DUNCAN 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. KELOWNA 103-1889 SpringďŹ eld Road NANAIMO 1-1277 Island Hwy. S. P RKSVILLE PA 587 Alberni Hwy. SAANICH 1970 Keating Cross Rd. SALMON ARM 1771 10th Ave. SW WESTT KELOWNA A 2565 Main Street

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OTTER CO-OP AT PITT MEADOWS (Pitt Meadows BC) 604-465-5651 Suppliers of Quality Feed and Hay, 3/15 SORRENTO TIMBERMART BUILDING CENTRE, 1280 TC Highway, Sorrento BC 250-675-4112. Your local dealer for SURE CROP FEEDS. 11/14

HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY HORSE & SADDLE BLANKET LAUNDERING at Pemberton Suds 1351 Aster Street, Pemberton BC, 604-894-6660 8/14 INSURANCE




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Business Services PHOTOGRAPHERS


REIN-BEAU IMAGES, (Bridge Lake/Interlakes, Cariboo) 250-593-4139 Animal Photography, 12/14

PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. 11/14 TRANS NATIONAL TRAILER INC. (Vernon) 250-308-8980 Fax: 250-542-5373 RV’s to Horse Trailers, Parts, Trailer Brake Specialist 2/15



Listing and Selling – Rural and Residential Properties in the North Okanagan and Shuswap 4/15

TOLL FREE 1-888-852-2474 or Cell 250-549-0996

RIBBONS & ROSETTES OKANAGAN RIBBONS, 1-888-545-7647 4/14 Custom Printer of Award Ribbons SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS

TRAILER SALES CUMMINGS TRAILER SALES & RENTALS (Abbotsford) 1-877-856-1988 Horse, Stock, Flatdeck, Utility, Dump, Cargo and Pre-owned, 4/14 KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, 8/14 REIMER RANCHING SUPPLIES (Vanderhoof BC) 250-567-8590 Dealers for Exiss/Sooner, Maverick, Royal T, Charmac Trailers, 4/15 THE HORSE GATE TRAILER SALES (Falkland) 250-379-2790. New & Used Horse and Stock Trailers. 4/14 TRAINERS/COACHES

CARIBOO SADDLERY Y (Williams Lake) Mark Denny 250-392-3735 Over 30 years of Custom Saddles and Leather Repairs 8/14 COSSENTINE SADDLERY Y (South Okanagan ) 250-490-5662 Repairs, Custom Made Saddles, Unique Leather Creations, 7/14 COWBOY CLASSIC EQUIPMENT (Merritt) Don Loewen 250-378-9263 Custom Made Saddles, Leather Repairs, 4/14 KICKINGHORSESADDLERY.COM (McBride BC) 250-968-4346 Custom Handmade, Quality Built Saddles & Tack & Repairs 3/15 LEATHER MARK SADDLERY Y (Maple Ridge) 778-994-1580. Custom English, Western Saddles & Tack, Repair & Restore, Saddle Fitting. 7/14 R&E SADDLE & TACK REPAIR LTD. (Aldergrove) 604-856-2350 11/14 Horse Blanket, Eng/West Tack Repairs, Custom Work,

ADIVAMURPHY.COM Western Dressage/Horse Agility & Horsemanship, Clinics/ Lessons in BC/AB, CHA Master Instructor Level 4 Eng/West, 2x Coach of Year Nominee


BIRGIT STUTZ, Chris Irwin Gold Cert. Trainer/Coach, Training/Lessons/Clinics/Mentorships, Dunster, BC, 250-968-6801 3/15

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CARDINAL RANCH.COM 250-968-4481 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instruction, Horse Sales, Clinics, Student Programs 3/14

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS ALL ‘ROUND OUTFITTERS for Horse & Hunter, (Oliver, BC) 250-498-4324 Located in Sears in the Oliver Place Mall 3/15 BOUCHIE LAKE FARM & FEED (Quesnel) 778-465-3333 7/14 New & Used Tack, Giftware, Otter Co-op, Nature’s Mix, Pet Food DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 3/15

By Cam Johnston 780-719-2740 Have a favourite Hat? Send a photo - we can make it! 9/14

PAINTED HORSE TACK & SUPPLIES (Grand Forks) 250-442-7706. West/Eng Saddles & Tack, West. Show Attire, Fashion & large selection of consignments. 4/15 TACKINTHEBOX.CA (Manitoba) 1-866-882-3712 10/14 Exclusive lines for Exclusive Horse People! On-line sales too!

TOUCH ‘A TEXAS Town & Country

The most Eclectic Store in the Shuswap for over 22 years! Great Gifts for Horse, Dog & Cat Lovers and the Whole Family! We specialize in Ladies Fashions. Piccadilly Place Mall, Salmon Arm BC ~ 250-832-1149 Bonnie 8/14


CARL WOODS PERFORMANCE HORSES (Peachland) 250-808-1486, Pleasure, Reining, Roping, Cowhorse, Colts Started, Farrier Service, 7/14 CHRISTA MIREMADI HORSEMANSHIP (Aldergrove) 604-856-2967 Training,10/14 Problem Solving, Starting, Lessons, Clinics. CINDY KIRSCHMAN, (Okanagan) 250-547-9277 Cert. Chris Irwin Coach/ Trainer, CHA Instructor, Clinics/Lessons/Boarding, 10/14 DAMARHE TRAINING, Dawn Heppner (Kelowna BC) 250-808-0738 Mtn Trail Instructor/ Clinician, Trainer West/Eng, Beginners to Show, Arabian Halter, Join Damarhe Training on FB. 10/14 DIAMOND W BARREL HORSES (Princeton BC) Renee Rae Willis Training & Sales,, 250-295-8353 3/15 PROVEN FOUNDATION FOR ALL DISCIPLINES AND AGES * Training * Clinics * Lessons * Camps 250-319-8921


DRESSAGE DREAMS (Clinton BC), Lessons, Clinics, Horse Training, Catherine Clinckemaillie 250-459-7772


ELISA MAROCCHI, EC Certified Driving Coach. Lessons, Clinics & Training on/off farm., 250-397-2979 (100 Mile House BC) 4/15


Business Services TRAINERS/COACHES

TRAINERS/COACHES ESTER GERLOF (Enderby) 250-803-8814, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, Training, High School Credits Program,, 4/14 FORTHEHORSE.COM, PHILIPPE KARL SCHOOL OF LEGERETE, 250-6793866 Clinics, Instructor Certification, Internship, Lessons, Intensives 9/14 GLENN STEWART NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP (Ft St. John BC) 250-789-3072 Clinics, Camps, Colt Starting, Sale Horses, DVDs & Tack, 2/15 JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by HorsesÂŽ, 1-888-533-4353 4/15


The Art of Bridle Horsemanship

Jaquima to Freno Elevating Communication and ConďŹ dence with Awareness, Feel and Signal WWWLODESTARHORSEMANSHIPCAs#ACHE#REEK "# s 250-280-8959 3/15

LPPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vernon) Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training of all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse 12/14 MANE SUCCESS HORSEMANSHIP Vanessa Fraser (Fraser Valley & LM) 604-2266263, EC Cert. Western Instructor, Lessons, NHS, 10/14 MARIA MICHEL HORSE TRAINING (central Alberta) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helping you put the pieces togetherâ&#x20AC;? All Disciplines/Breeds, Draft to Mini. 3/15 MARION WEISSKOPFF (Princeton BC) 250-295-4329, Clinics throughout BC, Classical & Cowboy Dressage, Mountain Trail & Driving, 2/15 RELATIONSHIP RIDING ACADEMY A step forward in the evolution of horsemanship. 403-932-1241 5/14 TEIXEIRA PERFORMANCE STABLES (Salmon Arm) Carmen Teixeira 250-803-6003 Reining/WP/Horsemanship/Boarding, training for all levels, 10/14 TELLINGTON TTOUCH TRAINING, (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 4/15 â&#x20AC;˘ TOM DUROCHER HORSE TRAINING/CLINICS (Alberta) Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ONLY Certified Monty Roberts Instructor. 780-943-2383. 12/14 TRANQUILLEFARMS.COM (Okanagan) Lorraine Pelletier, EC Cert. Western Coach, Professional Trainer, Therapeutic farm, All disciplines, 250-999-5090 12/14


VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL (Williams Lake 250-392-5510) (Quesnel 250-7473053) Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Mowbray 8/14 DAWSON CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC 250-782-1080. Equine Reproduction, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital X-Ray and more. 5/14 DEEP CREEK VETERINARY SERVICES (North Okanagan/Shuswap) 250-8338585. Drs. Bruce Baker & Susi Cienciala, 24 hour emergency service 8/14 GREENWOOD VET SERVICES Mobile Equine Practice (Okanagan) Dr. Sarah Greenwood 250-864-4838, 6/14 HERMEN GEERTSEMA EQUINE SERVICES â&#x20AC;&#x153;Striving for excellence in Veterinary care.â&#x20AC;? 604-857-5432 or 1-888-858-5432, 4/15 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (S & Central Ok) 250-769-4217 Mobile Equine. Brytann Youngberg DVM, COAC Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. 5/14 KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY CLINIC 250-374-1486 10/14 Drs Jennifer Jackson, Jason McGillivray, Colin Mikkelsen, Robert Mulligan OKANAGAN EQUINE VET, (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM & Grant Scott DVM, Dipl., ACVS, Board Cert. Equine Surgeon. 5/14 PANORAMA VETERINARY, (Kelowna/Winfield) 250-861-1099 2/15 Drs. Alex Wales, Susan Wales and Jessica Wales THREE VALLEYS VET SERVICES (BCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Southern Interior) Dr. David Ward Full equipped equine/bovine mobile, 250-497-6127 or 250-809-8807 12/14 VERNON VETERINARY CLINIC, (Vernon) 250-542-9707 7/14 D. Lemiski, H. Mehl, M. Latwat, L. Miller,



Old Baldy Ranch Offspring for Sale Sired By:

Jaz Poco Silverado

AQHA/NFQH A 100%, Poco Bueno 27% Silver Grullo, Herda N/N Son of Little Steel Dust, AQHA Rom Reining

Jaz Ziggy Steel Dust

Visit 250-963-9779 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Selling only BCAC ranch raised and trained family friendly Appaloosasâ&#x20AC;? 4/14

AQHA/NFQH A 98% Silver Grullo, Herda N/N

LBJ Sierras Blue TE

AQHA Blue Roan - Te Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Te, Blue Boy Quincy, Crimson War Bloodlines ALL STALLIONS are tested AQHA 5 GENETIC DISEASE PANEL N/N

Aaron & Colleen Wangler Dawson Creek, BC

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40 acres with log home and second residence. Extensive infrastructure. for more details Call 1-250-620-0006 after 8 pm

10/14 /


On The Market Peruvian Paso Horses Ringstead Ranch, one of Canada’s largest breeders, now have locations in both Chase, BC and Cayley, AB. 403-860-9763

2004 F-350 4X4 LARIAT LONG BOX TURBO DIESEL One owner, extremely clean, 255,000 km (new factory engine and turbo at 100,000 km) Extras: Navigation system, GPS DVD CD Bluetooth, towing package c/w brake controller and hitch, new winter tires, Command start, security system, “chipped”, chrome package, driving lights c/w external covers. All service records available since new, and up-to-date. Interior is very nicely appointed with leather heated seats. Asking $16,900. 250-546-3815 (Armstrong BC) E-mail

COMMANCHERO BLACKGOLD 2009 REG’D APHA TOBIANO HOMOZYGOUS STALLION What a beauty! Uniquely marked with black, brown tipped with gold, plus paw prints against white with flashy black and white tail and mane. Bloodlines include Three Bars, Two Eyed Jack and Hank-A-Chief. Good ground manners and started under saddle. $3,500 OBO ALSO: 2010 Reg’d APHA Tobiano Homozygous Mare $2,500 OBO Legacy Ranch 250-459-7963 (Clinton BC)

LISTOS LOLLITA LENA, 2005 AQHA MARE This mare is super broke, +1/2 reining maneuvers. She has worked cows, cattle sorted, jumped and has been patterned as well as trail ridden a bit. She is super quiet, easy nature and sound with no vices. $9,500 Call Amanda 250-804-1723 or Wendy 250-803-3695 (Salmon Arm BC)

To learn more about this beautiful and unique breed of horse, and for a complete Sales List, please visit our website. 4/15

FOR SALE IN LANGLEY BC 5 acres and house located in a quiet neighbourhood on a dead-end street. Open concept 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom rancher built on a crawl space. A 65 amp 220 volt service in the detached garage makes it suitable for a welder or large compressor. For the horse lover there is a large recently constructed barn with hay loft, water (frost free hydrant), electricity and 4 stalls. Acreage is fenced/x-fenced. Includes small outbuildings, a chicken coop and a sheep barn. $759,000 More photos at #5838 Kevin 778-871-3759 E-mail:


“SKIPPS SAN LEO” - 8 YR REG’D APHA GELDING 15.1HH, Skipper W bloodlines, well started, great beginner rider horse, all round horse and great dressage prospect. $3,500 ALSO: 5 Hanoverian Warmblood/QH and 9 Reg’d QH/PH STARTING FROM $1,500 See website 250-315-9087 (Merritt BC) E-mail:



REGISTERED STALLIONS, GELDING AND MARES All sizes, up to 16.2HH Palominos and Liver Chestnuts Some started – some broke Great minds and temperaments! Howard Fowler 250-248-3882 (Coombs BC) 12/14 • 67

On to Greener Pastures June 3, 1980 - Sept 17 2013 Major Expense aka Penny

Celebrating the life of a “Grand Old Mare” sired by AQHA Champion Major Bonanza and out of an own daughter of Jo Warrens (Mr. Appaloosa Canada) legendary mare Patchy Jrs, Lila Gleska. She was my dream horse come true. Known and loved by many people, Penny was the little Appaloosa mare who did it all. Halter, Showmanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Hack, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Western Riding,

Trail, Reining, Gymkhana, Cutting and Trail Riding. After 18 years of training and being a school master to both my daughter (Sheridan) and son (Tommy) she became a mother of two colts and then the head babysitter to all the other foals after weaning and finally a pasture ornament till old age claimed her. Thanks for all the memories Pen! - Loved and missed by Sue Olson, Sheridan & Tommy

Rural Roots - Properties on the Market

WHAT A BUY! Great new price for this beautiful 40 acre property. Peaceful, private setting bordering crown land. Large modern 1-1/2 storey home with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, large family room, huge deck to enjoy the wonderful valley views and attached double garage. Property is fenced and x-fenced and has detached 48 x 24 shop and pole barn for hay and equipment storage. $587,000 MLS ® #10064437 5140 Warren Creek Road, Falkland BC MIKE BECK 250-307-1600 VantageOne Realty Inc.

HORSE LOVER’S DREAM PROPERTY 3.7 tranquil acres with 22’ x 32’ barn, asphalt floors, removable stalls, water and power. The property is x-fenced and has a riding area. Also has an 8’ x 20’ lean-to for storage, 20’ x 20’ barn with concrete floor with water hydrant. Very well-maintained 4 bedroom, 1,482 sq. ft. rancher with full walkout basement. Seasonal creek runs through the property. $529,000 MLS® #10065709 1534 Eagle Rock Road, Armstrong BC

AMAZING VALUE… For this picturesque 10.35 acre country estate in Armstrong. Approximately 4,000 sq. ft. of luxury living in this impressive Tudor-style manor house. The home offers 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, a gorgeous kitchen, large formal dining and living rooms. This could be your very own private playground with pool, tennis court; and the property is fenced and x-fenced so bring your horses! $900,000 MLS® 10069437 801 Corkscrew Road, Armstrong BC

MIKE BECK 250-307-1600 VantageOne Realty Inc.

MIKE BECK 250-307-1600 VantageOne Realty Inc.

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5 ACRES – PERFECTLY SET UP FOR HORSES Fenced and cross-fenced, with 6 stall barn, paddocks, shop and other outbuildings. 5 minutes from city yet in the heart of country. High demand area. Great 4 bedroom 2740 sq. ft. home with 2.5 baths and fully finished basement. Lovely valley view. Beautiful second home on property (currently rented). Enjoy privacy, peace and quiet. $739,900 MLS ® 10073509 2760 East Vernon Road, Vernon BC

EQUESTRIAN HOME IN VICTORIA A rare opportunity to purchase an Equestrian Home on a 3.14 acre private setting with three horse stables in beautiful Victoria BC. Principle two storey home is 1,650 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Well-maintained and new paint. Excellent location - close to Victoria. Enjoy beautiful natural surroundings. Priced to sell.

JOE PEARSON 250-550-5596 RE/MAX Vernon

BASHIR QURESHI 250-858-8600 Sutton Group West Coast Realty

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Salty Ole Jack 1996 AQHA Stallion (APHA approved) 15HH Chestnut

2008 APHA Bay tobiano 15.1HH Zippo Pine Bar & Tarzan Dude bloodlines OLWS Negative Homozygous

DragonďŹ&#x201A;y Acres Bringing out thee best best Standing Purebred Friesian an Star Star Stallion

2014 stud fee $400.00 + $250 booking fee LFG Discount to proven and producing mares Coloured prospects and broodmares for sale

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SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES For 2012 bookings call: 250-547-6811 or 250-307-2502 7/14


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Zan Parr Bar on top. The Ole Man (SI 100) on bottom Performance bloodlines including roping, cutting and racing Stud Fee $550 includes - 10 day mare care - 5 day LFG

Glen Black

Western Pleasure Futurity Winner, Breeders Trust You will always get a coloured foal

Standing at High Arrow Quarter Horses

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SLOW MOUNT N MUSIC 1992 Homozygous Dun AQHA Stallion

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Leos s Bar Yaz zhi 2008 APHA Bay Tobiano ~ 15HH Stud Fee: $500 LFG + $100 Booking Fee Homozygous for the Tobiano gene, HYPP N/N, LWO N/N Reining, Roping, Cow Penning, Driving. One of a kind mentality, very calm, level-headed, athletic, and versatile. He passes this on to his offspring, along with COLOUR!

Sunset Ridge Ranch Earl & Sarah Thompson, North Klondike Highway, Yukon 867-332-8283 ~

Winner of 2 ROMs, Points in Western Pleasure, Reining, Halter, Trail, Showmanship and Hunter Under Saddle. Producer of sweet, correct, athletic foals APHA and ApHC approved.


DM Teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top Mark 2004 Black Morgan Stallion

Athletic and Personable Come Live the Adventure of the Morgan Horse! 4/14

250-679-1175 - Chase, BC HCBC 2010 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

CHERRY CREEK FONZIE MERIT Breed for Amazing Temperament! Mares of all breeds welcome Standing 3 Canadian Horse Stallions ranging 14.1-16HH STUD FEE: $850 Early booking discount available

Cherry Creek Canadians

100% DUN FACTOR GUARANTEE! Stud Fee 2014: $500. Proudly owned by CHINA TRAIL RANCH Standing at CALICO QUARTERHORSES Also Standing: SPOOKS HIRED GUN APHA Bay Overo (by SPOOKS GOTTA GUN)

Jim & Yvonne Hillsden, Kamloops, BC 250-828-2076,

604-746-7630 or 604-816 9930 (Cell) (Abbotsford BC) 4/14

JD FINE N SMART T AQHA 5112543 2008 Cremello Stallion Double dilute cream genes Guaranteed colour on offspring SIRE: Smart and Lucky Lena Breeding Fee: $500. AQHA 3520170 buckskin Open Superior Reining Horse AQHA High Point Performance, ROM Performance NRHA Money Earner and World Show QualiďŹ er DAM: Shirley Bank Beau AQHA 2836151 palomino Producer of Halter and Performance Point Earner and Multiple IPE Supreme of Show Halter Winners Co-owned by: Dr. David Ward Okanagan Falls, BC 250-809-8807 5/14

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Stallions and Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 3/15 DOUBLE DIAMOND CANADIANS (Enderby BC/Jasper AB) 250-838-0908 9/14 SS: DD Pacha Ulixes, Bay, 15HH, Henryville/Viger lines, DUNIT N SPOTS (Lone Butte BC), 3/15 SS: AQHA Dunit In Boomtown (Fee $600), 5 Panel Tested N/N, APHA/ApHCC Appr. FAIRVIEW ARABIAN STUD (Okanagan Falls) 250-497-6127 SS: World Class Crabbet Bloodlines, 12/14 ICELANDIC HORSE FARM (Vernon) 1-800-255-2336 4/15 â&#x20AC;˘ NORTH PEACE WELSH PONY FARM (Fort St. John BC) 250-827-3216 Purebred and Anglo Arab Cross, 3/15

OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 10/14 SS: Breeding AQHA / NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, WWW.ROPERFORMANCEHORSES.COM (Vanderhoof) 250-567-4269 SS: AQHA & APHA Stallions, Sales, Training, Clinics 5/14 SALTYOLEJACK QUARTER HORSES (Lumby) 250-547-6811 SS: Salty Ole Jack â&#x20AC;&#x2122;96 AQHA, 7/14 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style. 7/14 WILDWOOD RANCHES Regâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Quarter Horses (OK Falls, BC) 250-497-8452 SS: Standing an own son of Frenchmans Guy. 10/14

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HELP WANTED: Boarding Facility in Kamloops requires full time, long term help. Experienced horse person with good personal relations, mechanical aptitude and physically strong. Includes feeding 30 head horses, cleaning paddocks, irrigation, mechanical repairs etc. Contact circlecreek@

WANTED TO RENT, mature n/s couple seeking house and small farm for June 30 in vicinity of Salmon Arm for livestock/pets. Kevin 778-871-3759, e-mail thekman40@ 6/14 WANTED TO RENT, 2-3 bedroom house on acreage within 1 hour of Vernon BC if possible, for up to 5 horses. Equestrian family relocating in summer of 2014. kimberlee. or call 250-981-0983 4/14




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